• Google Chat goes free in 2021, while Hangouts loses features this month

    14 days ago - By Ars Technica

    Enlarge / This is happening whether you like it or not.
    It's time to talk about Google messaging again.
    The company's latest blog lays out future plans for its suite of messaging services, which includes stripping features out of Google Hangouts as we head toward its eventual demise and the promotion of Google Chat to being the main messaging product.
    Since it can be hard to keep track of the dozen-or-so messaging products Google has released over the years, before we get started, here's a glossary of the Google messaging apps that will be referenced in this article. Read 10 remaining...
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  • Alphabet Scoop 102: Free Google Chat, Workspace rebrand, and new Nest Thermostat

    Alphabet Scoop 102: Free Google Chat, Workspace rebrand, and new Nest Thermostat

    14 days ago - By 9to5Google

    This week, we talk about what's happening with Google Workspace and how there's now a plan to move classic Hangouts users to a free version of Chat. Meanwhile, Google is not yet done with hardware this year as seen by the new Google Wifi and Nest Thermostat. Alphabet Scoop is available Google Podcasts, iTunes and Apple's...
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  • Say Goodbye To Hangouts Soon, A Free Google Chat Is Coming

    Say Goodbye To Hangouts Soon, A Free Google Chat Is Coming

    14 days ago - By Android Headlines

    Google chat is going free for general Hangouts users in the future, which means users will eventually need to say goodbye to Hangouts as their form of communication.
    This week, Google announced upcoming changes to Hangouts, as well as Google Chat and its free offering, Google Fi, and Google Voice.
    9To5Google reports that while the Hangouts app isn't being shut down this week or even this month, it's not far off. Google will apparently be taking the Hangouts app offline sometime in November. That means users have maybe a month and a half at most before they will no longer be able to use the...
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