Google is learned to be shutting down soon its Google Plus mobile app, the dedicated messaging service. The Web giant will henceforth to focus completely on its own instant messaging service Hangouts, which is similar to that of BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) and WhatsApp.
Google Hangouts come pre-loaded on Android devices and iOS-based mobile and tablet users can download it from the Apple iTunes App Store. Social networking Android developer at Google Virgil Dobjanschi said in the next update of Google Plus for Android devices the existing messaging feature will be removed from the social platform.
Dobjanschi adds further, “Now that Hangouts provides messaging and video calls across Android, iOS and the web, we’re removing Messenger from the Google+ mobile apps (first on Android, then on iOS). Later today you’ll be able to download all of your Messenger conversations (including text and photos) from Google Takeout.”
Lately it looks like Google is giving a good try in improving the messaging service and making way to completely have a control on the messaging ecosystem, and particularly on the Android OS. On the other hand Apple has already started working on its own market with its chat app iMessage. It is also reported BlackBerry may soon come up with its own iOS-based BBM mobile application for the iPhone and iPad devices.
About the new Hangouts app Google’s Vic Gundotra explained it will be collecting conversations between 2 or more people and it will also support photos and videos apart from text.