As of December 1, 2016, Google will no longer require Hangouts to be pre-installed on Android smartphones.
In an e mail despatched out to Google Cellular Products and services companions on October 5, the corporate defined that Hangouts is shifting to ‘not obligatory’ standing in the Google Apps package deal for Android starting December 1, 2016. What’s changing Hangouts? Duo, Google’s new pass-platform video calling app. An excerpt from the e-mail can be discovered under:
Nowadays, we’re pronouncing that Google Duo will exchange Hangouts inside the suite of center GMS apps, and Hangouts will transform GMS Not obligatory for telephony merchandise. This alteration will take impact on December 1, 2016.
Now, it’s relatively fascinating that Google Allo isn’t changing Hangouts as a pre-installed app in the GMS package deal. Adore it or hate it, Allo and Hangouts are, at their center, messaging apps, whilst Duo is most effective used for video chatting. Plus, getting Allo put in on extra units will provide extra customers the chance to check it out, therefore setting up the consumer base it lately lacks.
The similar may just be stated for Duo, although. Video calling is in fact nonetheless essential, such a lot in order that Google made an app devoted to it. Hangouts additionally featured video calling, so it is sensible Google would wish to substitute that with one thing.
No, Hangouts isn’t lifeless: you’ll nonetheless be in a position to obtain it from the Play Retailer. Plus, this variation best method OEMs are no longer required to pre-set up it on Android phones. That doesn’t imply they’ll essentially prevent, even though it’s very most probably. As you can also remember, Google is claimed to be moving Hangouts against industry consumers and clear of on a regular basis shoppers, so this modification does make a large number of feel.