FP trendOctober 16, 2020 6:46 p.m. IST
Google announced new updates and changes for chats and Hangouts. As part of the change, Google users will officially switch from Google Hangouts to Google Chat starting next year. Starting next year, chat will be available as a free service in both the built-in experience in Gmail and the standalone chat app, the Google official said Blog. This includes familiar Hangouts features such as direct and group messaging. It will also have additions like Send to Inbox, Faster Search, Emoji Responses, and Suggested Responses.
Chat makes it easy for users to plan goals and similar interests with others, share files and collaborate, and assign tasks to keep everyone on the same page. Chat offers the same phishing protection as Gmail. When a link is sent to a user via chat, it is compared to real-time data from Safe Browsing and flagged if it is classified as malicious.
To ensure a smooth transition from Hangouts to Chat, Google supports the automatic migration of Hangouts conversations as well as contacts and saved history. More specific guides on the steps you can take will be posted by Google at the beginning of the transition process.
As part of the transition, Google is removing phone calls from Hangouts. Instead, they can migrate existing Hangouts conversations to Google’s Messages app and manage Fi texts and calls in the Messages app for the web. They also stated that starting this month, they will be directing Hangouts Voice users to the SMS app on the Voice app. Language support will be removed in Hangouts in the future.