Google began to migrate G Suite users from traditional Hangouts to Google Chat and shut down old services for businesses by the end of 2020. Today, the latest version of Google Voice for Android provides regular users with some information about the transition.
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Earlier last year, Google revealed that “with the transition of G Suite customers,” consumer accounts will be migrated to the free version of Chat (formerly Hangouts). It said, “a more specific timetable will be communicated at a later date.” Although Meet is already free to use, it has not yet provided such a roadmap.
Today, there are some strings related to “hangouts_deprecation” (version 2020.24.313693862). The most famous state is: “Voice will soon replace Hangouts for making calls and sending text messages.”
For a long time, classic Hangouts have voice integration, where you can use the Hangouts application on Windows and Gmail Send SMS/MMS and make/make calls.
<string name=”hangouts_deprecation_body_text”>Voice will soon replace Hangouts for making phone calls and sending texts %1$s</string>
<string name=”hangouts_deprecation_info_text”>When possible, use my internet connection for Google Voice calls instead of my carrier</string>
Google revealed in April last year that voice integration is about to join the chat, but only for voice calls, so you can quickly contact your work colleagues. With this in mind, today’s string more or less confirms that SMS/MMS integration will not be added to the consumer version of Chat. Calls, text messages, and voice mail will be permanently moved to the voice client.
In terms of timing, it is not clear when this migration will take place. The string does not yet exist in the application, so we are still far away from the transition.
<string name=”hangouts_deprecation_positive_button_text”>Switch to Voice</string>
<string name=”hangouts_deprecation_cancel_button_text”>Not now</string>
<string name=”hangouts_deprecation_success_message”>” You’re now getting calls, texts, and voicemail through Voice”</string>
At the same time, Google Messages is preparing to provide similar support for Fi customers who also embed classic Hangouts. The string in the 6.2 version of the app also records “The Hangout SMS/MMS are disappearing” and encourages you to “transfer the conversation history to the message.”