Google Hangouts continues to be alive and we’re in 2021, should you can imagine that. Google has but to kill off the perfect messaging app it ever made, an app that was a characteristic tweak or two away from being the king. They are going to finish its life quickly, although, presumably by the top of 2021. Earlier than we get there, they should let Hangouts customers begin testing its substitute, the app often called Google Chat.

In line with traces of code buried inside a latest Google Chat replace, Google is making ready to launch some form of beta expertise for Hangouts customers. As soon as reside – and it might be very quickly if these traces of code are already within the app – a pop-up will welcome Hangouts customers to Google Chat, inform them that Chat offers a “new expertise and options not present in Hangouts,” and that there might be “bugs and different points.”

Must you not have Chat put in, you may additionally be welcomed to attempt it by Gmail. If that sounds bizarre, properly, you have to have missed all of our protection on Google Chat and Meet getting built-in with Gmail. We have already got Meet tabs accessible, however there are plans so as to add Google Chat into Gmail as properly. It seems to be like Google might welcome Chat integration there by additionally inviting Hangouts customers.

In case you are confused as to why you’ll be able to’t already use Google Chat, that’s as a result of Google has taken years to sluggish roll it out to solely a choose group of customers. People with Google Workspace (previously G Suite), who at present are the one customers with full entry, solely just lately received the power to ship messages to Chat/Hangouts customers exterior of a corporation. That’s clearly a key characteristic if Chat is to switch Hangouts.

To recap, Hangouts continues to be going away and Google nonetheless plans to switch it with Chat. To try this, Google seems to be making ready to permit some Hangouts customers check Chat by a beta program that may probably open up the flood gates to everybody deciding if Chat is sweet or if it’s really time to maneuver on.

// 9to5Google