Farewell forever to another of Google’s messaging services: Talk disappears once and for all.
In 2005, Google introduced an instant messaging service in Gmail called Google Talk. The tool has been operational for seventeen years, although in recent years Google has promoted the use of Hangouts as an alternative to Talk.
Today, seventeen years after its launch, Google is taking the final step in its goal of permanently shutting down Google Talk, one of its most legendary services, which is now part of the graveyard of defunct products that have one day is part of the company catalog.
Google Talk says goodbye forever
As the company itself announced on its Workspace updates blog, from today Google Talk disappears after several years in the background due to the appearance of services such as Hangouts Meet and Hangouts Chat.
“With the introduction of Hangouts Meet and Hangouts Chat, which add new enhancements to meetings and team collaboration, it’s time to say goodbye to Google Talk. »
According to Google, starting June 26, anyone who continues to use Talk through the Gmail client will receive a notice that Talk is ceasing to exist and their chats will be hosted on Hangouts.
Google will merge its two video calling apps
In this sense, it is indicated that, those who prefer the Google Talk interface, will be able to activate an option in the Hangouts settings, which allows activating a design more similar to that of the classic service.
Also, those who still had the Google Talk application on their Android devices – removed from Google Play in 2013 after the arrival of Hangouts – should know that it will also stop working from the 26th, and for this reason, they are recommended to download Hangouts.
It’s surprising that Google recommends using Hangouts right now, that the app has also been discontinued by Google in favor of Google Chat, its umpteenth instant messaging app. And, with any luck, maybe the last.
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