For the last few years (since Google launched and the effectively killed Allo), Hangouts has been slowly dying. Bits of it have been broken off, and others were outright killed. According to a report by 9to5Google’s Stephen Hall, its days are very literally numbered. The service is expected to shutter in the not-so-far-off year 2020.
9to5Google doesn’t name its sources, but this wouldn’t be an unexpected development. With Allo effectively dead (though technically still functional), it was surprising that Google kept Hangouts around as long as it did. Read MoreReport: Google killing Hangouts in 2020, probably launching 8 new messaging services in its place was written by the awesome team at Android Police.