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|Initial release||May 15, 2013|
|Platform||Android, Chrome OS, iOS, Google Chrome or any browser compatible with Google Chrome Extensions, Web platform|
Google Hangouts is a communication software developed by Google. Originally a feature of Google+, Hangouts became a stand-alone product in 2013, when Google also began integrating features from Google+ Messenger and Google Talk into Hangouts. In 2017, Google began developing Hangouts into a product aimed at enterprise communication. Hangouts is now part of the G Suite line of products and consists of two primary products: Google Meet and Google Chat. Google has also begun integrating features of Google Voice, its IP telephony product, into Hangouts, stating that Hangouts is designed to be "the future" of Voice. Google plans to transition users to Meet and Chat in June 2020, but will continue to support the consumer version of classic Hangouts, raising some speculation in the matter after Google Meet became free.
For consumer Hangouts, which has been on life support for a long time, this move may accelerate its deprecation.
Google Hangouts’ future in question