Google Hangouts To Become Optional App on Android Phones


It creates the impression that Google is at long last taking an extreme choice on the incorporation of Hangouts as a preloaded application for future Android cell phones. Beginning December 1 2016, Google’s Android OEMs won’t require package the Hangouts application as an obligatory pre-introduced application on Android, a report refering to a Google email to accomplices claims. Strikingly, Google’s as of late uncovered Duo application is having Hangouts’ spot on Android cell phones.

As indicated by a report by Android Police refering to an email sent to “Google Mobile Services accomplices,” Google takes note of that Hangouts application won’t be packaged with new equipment. A passage of the email read, “Today, we are reporting that Google Duo will supplant Hangouts inside the suite of center GMS applications, and Hangouts will get to be GMS Optional for communication items. This change will produce results on December 1, 2016.”

It merits saying that Google’s most recent move doesn’t imply that Hangouts is dead starting at this point. The Hangouts application will be accessible as a discretionary application and can be downloaded by means of Google Play. The organization has already uncovered that Hangouts will be transitioned as an application for endeavors.

The move to replace Hangouts app from mandatory to optional doesn’t come as a surprise as Google’s Hangouts app was unable to keep up with other popular messaging apps including Facebook’s WhatsApp and Messenger services, as well as WeChat and Hike. Google’s choice of replacing Hangouts with Duo instead of Allo however comes as a slight surprise.

Google’s video calling app, Duo, recently hit 10 million downloads on Google Play – and had 10 million users as well. The new video calling app just four days after its global rollout on Google Play made it to the top of the charts as top free app. The Duo app is available in all countries where Google Play is available. The company’s brand new video calling app was launched to take on Apple’s FaceTime, Microsoft’s Skype, Viber, and others similar services. The Duo app lets people call their phone contacts (as long as they have the app installed) and one of the biggest highlight features is it can work even on low networks.