While Google maintained that it will not be shutting down Hangouts after Allo and Duo arrived onto the scene, the company did recast hangouts as a cross-platform chat app for enterprise customers. The search giant is now taking steps to ensure that fate and it has decided to end support for its third-party developer tools preventing new apps from being built and shutting off existing apps on April 25th. There was no blog post about this, just an updated FAQ and email notification to developers active on the API.
Effectively, this means any consumer app that integrates with Google Hangouts will be dead in a matter of months. For the average joe, this essentially means that all the fun selfie masks, drawing tools, and others will no longer be available. However, there are some exceptions to this rule. Google’s built-in Hangouts apps like DialPad and RingCentral, which allow users to add standard callers to Hangouts calls, will still be available along with Google’s own Hangouts on Air broadcasting tools like Toolbox, Control Room, and Cameraman, and business and enterprise oriented apps like Slack that integrate with the API.
“At the Google Horizon event in September 2016, we previewed a new experience for Hangouts focused on meetings,” The updated FAQ reads. “In order to streamline our efforts further, we will be retiring the Google+ Hangouts API.” According to Google, the integration simply isn’t needed anymore. “Hangouts is now turning to focus on enterprise use cases.”
Google is now pushing Allo and Duo as its consumer chat and video call apps but these are still, mobile only apps while Hangouts is omnipresent across almost all devices with PC desktop support, along with deep integrations with other services like Gmail and Google Docs. That makes Hangouts better for its many business and enterprise customers, which Google still wants to support.
Via : Techcrunch