However, they also checked with a second source, who also corroborated the original story that Google will indeed be shutting down Hangouts by 2020 and that the decision has already been made.
Furthermore, it is expected that Google could unveil new messaging apps, replacing Google Hangouts. In the latter case scenario, it could be Google Hangouts.
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Google two years ago replaced its Hangouts app with Allo and Duo for consumers, while pushing the Hangouts brand as the enterprise solution with Hangouts Chat and Meet for chat and video conferencing scenarios respectively.
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Google is now working on a new messaging app that will support Rich Communications Services (RCS), making SMS nearly WhatsApp like. It has been reported that Google plans to shut down Hangouts app for consumers sometime in 2020.
In 2012, GTalk and WhatsApp were arguably evenly matched although it was clear that WhatsApp was growing while Google's app, which was available on mobile as well as desktop, was stagnant.
Hangouts was launched as a replacement for Gchat in 2013 by the tech titan but has been losing features in recent years. The Hangouts, however, failed to get good traction.
A spokesperson for Google didn't immediately return Gizmodo's request for comment about the report, but we'll update this post if we hear back. In the consumer market, Google has turned its focus on RCS and its Messages app.