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Lilbits 345: Hanging up on Google Hangouts (eventually)

A few months ago we learned that Google was planning to retire the communication service known as Google Hangouts… while transitioning some of the key features to its Hangouts Chat and Hangouts Meet services. It’s still not entirely clear what this will mean or when it will happen for personal users. But Google has announced […]

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Goodbye Allo: Google is streamlining its communication app lineup

Google says it’s not so much killing Hangouts as focusing on its enterprise-focused Hangouts Chat and Hangouts Meet apps… and eventually opening them up to the general public. But the company is outright killing one of its communication apps outright. Following a recent report from 9to5Google, Google that after pausing investment in its Allo chat app […]

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Report: Google Hangouts will stop hanging out in 2020 (Update: sort of)

Google has a complicated history with communication applications. The company has introduced, lost interest in, and killed enough that I’ve kind of lost count. So it was kind of nice when Google Hangouts launched in 2013 with features taken from three earlier apps (Google talk, Google+ Messenger, and Hangouts video chat). Now it looks like […]

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Google retools Hangouts for business with Hangouts Chat and Meet text and video services

Google’s strategy for messaging apps has been a bit of a mess in recent years, but the company is hoping to clear things up (for real this time!) by focusing on Allo and Duo chat and video apps for consumers, and turning Hangouts into more of an enterprise service. To that end, today Google has […]

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Google launches Duo video calling app for Android, iOS

Google is starting to overhaul its mobile communication apps. In May the company announced plans to launch a new text-based chat app called Allo which would be like a cross between WhatsApp and Snapchat, as well as a new video chat app called Duo to offer a simple solution for 1-on-1 calls. Now Duo is available […]

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Google Hangouts 4.0 launches for Android: New look, more speed

Google’s messaging app for Android has received a major upgrade. Hangouts 4.0 has a new user interface based on Material Design, improvements to the contact list and compose message experience, and other improvements. Google says Hangouts 4.0 is also faster and uses less power than its predecessor, which helps give you better battery life. Hangouts […]

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Google Hangouts for Android adds SMS, location sharing, more

Google is rolling out an update to its Hangouts service today, bringing new features to desktop and mobile users. That includes HD video enabled by default no matter what kind of device you’re using, and a unified messaging experience if you’re on an Android device. For the first time, that means you can use Hangouts […]

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Google introduces Hangouts messaging service for Android, iOS, Chrome, and Gmail

Google is rolling out a new messaging app called Hangouts which combines some of the features of Google Talk and Google+ Hangouts. It’s a single service that lets you chat with friends in one-on-one conversations, participate in group chats, or make video calls. Hangouts is a cross-platform service. It’s available for Android, iOS, and the […]