STATES CHRONICLE – After more than ten years since its release, Google will finally kill off Google Talk in favor of Hangouts. This slow transition from one service to the other started in 2013, but its culmination came only now, when the tech giant decided to keep only one of the messaging platforms.
Google gives up on Google Talk
Google Talk was created as an instant messaging platform for Gmail users, and was often nicknamed Gchat. However, it started losing popularity when Hangouts was released, since the latter comes with modern features and is more user-friendly. Even so, active Google Talk users are still around, and they will have to switch to the other Google-owned messaging service.
There’s no need to worry, since there won’t be any dramatic disruption occurring after the switch. Hangouts is a good replacement for Google Talk, meaning that all your contacts will be transferred to the new account, and you will still be able to chat with other Gmail users.
The new platform comes with new features and improvements
What is different is the appearance of the platform which, as mentioned before, looks more modern. Also, it brings some new features, such as GIF support. Some users might not find this impressive but, if you are up-to-date to all the tech and social media novelties, you will enjoy all these extras on Hangouts.
Among other special features offered by the new platform, there’s the possibility of making group video calls, which might be incredibly helpful for companies. Also, many other Google products are integrated. Also, organizing meetings will be easier, with the help of Hangouts Chat and Hangouts Meet.
Google will disable Google Talk not only from web, but its Android version will also go. Therefore, if you used the service on your mobile, you will have to download Hangouts. Also, if you are not satisfied with the new platform, Google comes with other alternatives, such as Duo, Allo, Google Voice, or Android Messages.
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