Google has already announced that it will stop Hangouts and is now switching to Google Chat next year. By the mid of 2021, most likely Hangout users are redirected to Google Chat for free. Users can take their conversations, contacts, and history to the new chat platform.
How will Google Chat different? This will add helpful features in the form of direct and group messages in the Hangout such as inbox, fast search, emojis, and suggested answers. Chat makes it easy for you to plan, share, and collaborate, and assign tasks to keep everyone on the same page with others.
To ensure a smooth transition, we will help automatically migrate your Hangouts conversations, along with contacts and saved history,” Google said in a statement on Thursday.
Talking about the amazing features, one of the tech giants informed that in addition, Chat features the same strong phishing protections we built-in Gmail, so if a link is sent to you via Chat, it will be checked against real-time data from Safe Browsing and flagged if it’s found to be malicious.”
Google Workspace brings Gmail, Calendar, Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Meet, and now Chat, within an integrated, unified space. Currently, Google Chat is only available for premium G Suite customers. But it is going to become a free service within Gmail much like Google Hangouts.
Google also announced that it is also do planning to remove some previous features of Hangouts. Google will stop letting you manage texts and phone calls from Hangouts at some point early next year.
Google Fi users will be able to make voice calls and manage conversations from Messages even when their phone is switched off and can migrate their existing Hangouts conversations. Google also said that by the next month, we will provide guidance about these changes and direct Hangouts Fi users to the default SMS app on their phone.