The popular Hangouts app will become optional on Android phones, as the tech giant announced last week. On October 5, Google’s partners in the mobile service field received an e-mail, which contained the informative message. However, another application will replace Hangouts, namely Duo.
We are all familiar with the Hangouts app, which enabled us to send messages for so many times. However, new Android models won’t feature the option by default. They decided to replace it not by Allo, but by Google Duo.
Allo is quite similar to Hangouts, and specialists say that it would have made a suitable replacement. However, Google officials chose Duo, which is an application based on video calls and messages. Filmed images seem to gain more and more popularity with users on different platforms. Perhaps Google’s intention is to keep up with the trend. However, Hangouts also offered the possibility of exchanging video messages.
On the other hand, users still have the possibility of installing the Hangouts app on their devices. They can download the application from Play Stores like any other app. The only difference is that Android phones will not come with an already installed application starting December 2016.
You can read below an excerpt from the official mail from Google, announcing that Hangouts app becomes optional:
“Today, we are announcing that Google Duo will replace Hangouts within the suite of core GMS apps, and Hangouts will become GMS Optional for telephony products. This change will take effect on December 1, 2016.”
The decision of replacing the Hangouts app should come as no surprise. Its popularity declined, as that of other services, such as WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger, started to soar.
As far as the reaction of users is concerned, they are quite pleased with Google Duo. Judging by the app’s number of downloads, users are excited by it. So Google made the right move when deciding to release it and, in addition to this, make it mandatory.
Google Duo became one of the most downloaded applications on Google Play in less than a week after being released. Recently, it has hit the tops, with no less than ten million downloads.
Developers created Google Duo as a response to Skype, Viber, FaceTime, and other such services. So Google is competing against Microsoft and Apple for popularity with fans on video chat apps. Which one is your favorite?
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