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Google finally realises no-one wants to Hangout on Android

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Remember when everyone used to meet up for a good old chinwag in Google Hangouts? No, neither do we.

Reports on Friday revealed Google is willing to cast off its largely unloved universal chat app in favour of the new and improved Duo video calling app.

Google is no longer requiring Android phone makers to include Hangouts on their Google Mobile Services-approved phones. Its place will be taken by Duo, per AndroidPolice sources.

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“Today, we are announcing that Google Duo will replace Hangouts within the suite of core GMS apps, and Hangouts will become GMS Optional for telephony products. This change will take effect on December 1, 2016,” Google told hardware makers.

Hangouts, which includes instant messaging, voice and group video chatting will be relegated to an optional extra for manufacturers and will remain available via the Play Store.

Interestingly, although Duo will be a mandatory inclusion for Android phone-makers down the line, the Allo chat app, powered by Google Assistant, will not.

As the original source points out, Allo has a huge number of competitors in the field, namely Facebook’s Messenger and WhatsApp.

See also: Google Allo tips and tricks

With that in mind, it is strange Google wouldn’t give it a leg up by ensuring it arrives on all Android Phones, so perhaps this will change in future.

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Jeffrey Herold

October 7, 2016, 6:54 pm

So what does Google suggest for an actual messaging app? Because Allo is useless and nobody video chats every convo.

John

October 7, 2016, 7:39 pm

The headline is click bait. Google has simply stopped *requiring* manufacturers supply hangouts. Some manufacturers will simply supply it anyway! And, of course, you can just download it yourself.

cotty

October 7, 2016, 9:06 pm

I think Google didn't explain the benefit of hangouts it was a great idea until they to out and integration if they would have marketed it and Google+ they could have had a good social media platform that would have rivaled Facebook and massager

L4lefty

October 7, 2016, 10:41 pm

The problem with massager was it never had a happy ending.

Disqustinator

October 10, 2016, 8:02 am

Hangouts is a hit with Google's enterprise customers, with many now integrating Hangouts into their UCS solutions. The new version, not yet available to customers outside of an enterprise agreement, is even better, with improved performance and new options to customize Hangouts for the enterprise.

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