Google has formally eliminated the Hangouts model from its enterprise G Suite providing with the rebranding of Hangouts Chat as Google Chat, the corporate confirmed to on Thursday. The rebranding follows an identical identify change, confirmed yesterday, from the companion videoconferencing app Hangouts Meet to Google Meet.
This newest modification was first hinted at by an up to date G Suite assist doc itemizing the Google Chat identify alongside Google Meet. Of course, this model of Chat is to not be confused with the opposite model of Chat, the identify Google inexplicably gave its comparatively new RCS-based Android messaging protocol.
As for the Hangouts model, it should proceed to stay on because the identify of the patron chat app that Google spun out of its shutdown social network Google+ again in 2013 as a non secular successor to Gchat. “There will be no changes to the consumer (classic) version of Hangouts,” a Google spokesperson tells The Verge.
It’s been an extended and winding street for Hangouts during the last almost seven years or so. The product by no means achieved the identical stage of cultural cachet as Gchat. Google’s typically messy and misguided messaging technique additionally meant Hangouts was at all times competing with almost a half-dozen different chat and video messaging apps Google insisted on pushing out through the years.
For now, Hangouts for G Suite — that is the office model of simply the chat app — will live on after Google postponed its discontinuation again in August of final 12 months. In its place is now Google Chat, as soon as Hangouts Chat, which is extra of a Slack competitor for extra sturdy office productiveness and messaging than it’s a simple, one-to-one messaging app just like the Gchat of previous. And for everybody else, your theyb Gmail account and iOS or Android system can nonetheless access the unique, shopper model of Hangouts for the foreseeable future.