There is a good news for the Hangout lovers that Google is not going to shut down Hangout. The Google Real-time Communication product lead Scott Johnston twitted that the humor regarding shutting down of Hangout by 2020 is not true. The Hangout users will be provided with Hangouts Chat and Hangouts Meet.
Hey @hallstephenj, I run Hangouts and this is pretty shoddy reporting. No decisions made about when Hangouts will be shut down. Hangouts users will be upgraded to Hangouts Chat and Hangouts Meet. Your source is severely misinformed. You can do better.
— Scott Johnston (@happyinwater) 1 December 2018
Johnston’s quotation has made one thing clear that the Hangouts available now will change for sure and the users will be provided with Hangouts Chat and Meet which also requires G Suite accounts. Thus, it can be understood that Hangouts won’t be available for a much longer period of time.
Google has also stopped Allo, which means there won’t be any alternative for Hangouts until it goes off the air. Google can any time shut down Hangouts and come up with a new messaging platform similar to that of Hangouts. Therefore, Google is left with only Hangouts as the company’s only messaging platform.
The uncertainty of Hangouts availability will help messengers like WhatsApp, WeChat, etc. to gain some business and grab some more users for their business purpose. The decision to close Hangouts will hamper Google’s business as already other messengers have gained a lot of popularity and if Google stops or brings some change in the Hangouts services, it will lose its users.
Nothing is clear from Google’s end whether the services will continue as it is now or not but one thing is sure that the users will witness some change in the Hangouts soon or later. It is also clear that Google is planning to shut down the Hangouts services if the popularity falls below the company’s expectations despite informing the users. Hope nothing happens as such but nothing is clear enough now.