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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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The slow, painful death of Google Hangouts is reaching its final phase

The slow, painful death of Google Hangouts is reaching its final phase

Hangouts is one of Google's most established messaging apps, but it's been dying a slow death for quite some time now. The transition to Google Chat is mostly complete for Google Workspace business users, but personal account holders have been able to hang on (sorry) for a bit longer. It looks like Google is preparing to put a stop to that, though.

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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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The life and death of Hangouts: A Google tragedy

The life and death of Hangouts: A Google tragedy

The transition from Hangouts to Google Chat is now happening in earnest, with many even reporting that their group conversations have moved between the two platforms. It's just a matter of time until Hangouts itself is retired, so let's take a moment to look back at Google's most successful — and, perhaps, most ignored — messaging platform.

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Google starts refunding Hangouts call credits ahead of feature shutdown

Google starts refunding Hangouts call credits ahead of feature shutdown

As part of Hangouts' long, drawn-out death, Google is also pulling the plug on the imaginatively titled Call Phones feature, which lets you place a phone call in Hangouts via Google Voice. It was mostly free, but you did have to pay for certain call types. With the feature set to expire by next month, Google is now sending out emails regarding refunds for any remaining balance you might have, and you can trigger the process manually as well.

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Beeper promises chat app unity and iMessage on Android

Beeper promises chat app unity and iMessage on Android

Many Android fans believe in a sort of holy grail: That iMessage can somehow be brought to Android. Almost everything else when moving from iOS to Android has a workaround, an app, or some way to accommodate it, though iMessage remains an Apple-controlled platform exclusive with a dominating presence in the US market. But a new app formally launching today called Beeper aims to change that, delivering not just iMessage for Android, but a single unified messaging app for all your other services, too, like Telegram, Slack, Signal, Twitter DMs, Discord, Hangouts, and even IRC.

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Now that Hangouts is dead, here are 5 apps to replace its dialer

Now that Hangouts is dead, here are 5 apps to replace its dialer

It's no secret Google is pulling the plug on Hangouts, and even though its death has been chaotic, the service has been replaced by other ones to chat and place video calls. Unfortunately, few people know Hangouts also offered a dialer app, which allowed users to place calls for free in North America, as well anywhere in the world for relatively cheap fees. The software is also being phased out, and doesn't really come with an actual replacement. Sure, most people in US would have already switched to Google Voice for this purpose, but what about the ones in other countries?

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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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Google Chat now has read receipts, to the joy of some and the dismay of others

Google Chat now has read receipts, to the joy of some and the dismay of others

Google rebranded Hangouts Chat to Google Chat earlier this year, and since then, the company has been working on making it a more attractive offering with new additions like a dark theme. Last month, we learned that read receipts would be coming to the platform, and wouldn't ya know it, now the feature is starting to roll out right on schedule.

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