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Hangouts users are taking their Google Chat transition frustrations out on the app's Play Store listing

Hangouts users are taking their Google Chat transition frustrations out on the app's Play Store listing

Like it or not, the death of Hangouts is truly underway. Earlier today, we reported on the ongoing transition to Google Chat, as users are now prompted to switch apps before being signed out of their account in favor of messaging directly in Gmail. As more and more of the Hangouts userbase is pushed from their preferred method of communicating, the Chat listing on the Play Store is getting review-bombed into oblivion.

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Don't call it dead: Hangouts just reached 5 billion downloads

Don't call it dead: Hangouts just reached 5 billion downloads

Hangouts has been on the way out for four (!) years by now, but the service is still kicking. And in that process, Hangouts managed to reach an impressive milestone: It has been installed five billion times on the Play Store. That brings it right on par with a few pre-installed Google apps, but also with the two competing messaging products from Facebook.

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Google Chat for web is now rolling out to personal accounts

Google Chat for web is now rolling out to personal accounts

It's been a while since Google announced that it will split Hangout into two separate services — Chat and Meet. For workspace accounts, the transition to Chat began last year, but personal account holders were only given a blurred ETA of "first half of 2021." For a few lucky accounts, the migration started early, in August of 2020, and continued throughout the year and early 2021 (we've received dozens of tips since the original one). Now, things seem to be more official as Google is acknowledging the transition and calling this a "preview" of Google Chat.

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Hangouts group conversations will start showing up in Google Chat ahead of next year's changeover

Hangouts group conversations will start showing up in Google Chat ahead of next year's changeover

Hangouts has managed to stick around for an awful long time, but Google finally announced that the migration to Chat will begin early next year. As the big day draws closer, the company is working to make the transition easier by allowing chats in Hangouts to show up seamlessly in Google Chat — as well as improving the group conversation experience in the app.

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Hangouts group video calls are dead, with users now pushed to Meet

Hangouts group video calls are dead, with users now pushed to Meet

Hangouts has been pronounced dead uncountable times, but Google's ill-fated attempt at an instant messaging service is kicking and fighting its demise. Now Google has taken another step to replace its old messenger with Meet and Chat, as group video calls have become unavailable on Android and the web following the latest app update.

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Google lets us in on new details in the plot to kill Hangouts

Google lets us in on new details in the plot to kill Hangouts

Ever since Google announced back in 2017 that Hangouts would be split into the Chat and Meet apps, consumers have been curious about when to expect major changes. We started seeing the first signs of the transition earlier this year, and now Google is letting Hangouts holdovers know what to expect going forward — including the plans for Google Fi and Google Voice customers.

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Hangouts users shouldn't panic about mysterious 'FCM' notifications

Hangouts users shouldn't panic about mysterious 'FCM' notifications

Google Hangouts might not be as popular as it once was, but there are still plenty of people hanging on to it. A good number of Hangouts users across the globe received some strange notifications yesterday, which may be linked to a vulnerability in Google's Firebase platform.

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Google now lets you install Zoom and a few other extensions on your child's Chromebook

Google now lets you install Zoom and a few other extensions on your child's Chromebook

With millions of children currently studying from home, and most likely using cheap computers like Chromebooks, glaring omissions in Chrome OS have come under the spotlight. For example, those who were using Family Link to manage their kids' Google accounts and Chromebooks noticed that they can't install any extensions on them. Maybe that was designed as a security measure, but it hindered the use of video conferencing tools like Zoom and Hangouts. Now that's changing.

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Google Hangouts loses location sharing in latest update

Google Hangouts loses location sharing in latest update

We've known for a long time that Google Hangouts was destined to shut down, but most of us couldn't have predicted individual features would be slowly picked from its not-quite-dead body. That seems to be the case with the location sharing function formerly found in Hangouts. As of v32, the convenient messaging feature has been quietly removed.

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Hangouts is so abandoned that a major video saving issue hasn't been fixed in 8 months

Hangouts is so abandoned that a major video saving issue hasn't been fixed in 8 months

We know Hangouts isn't long for this world. Support for the service is winding down and being replaced by Meet and Chat, but the transition is slow and has only been initiated for G Suite users so far. Those with personal Gmail accounts can't migrate and many are still attached to Hangouts. Whether you're in that boat or you have some data in the app that you want to save, you probably hit a major issue when trying to download videos: you can't do it from the app.

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