Google Hangouts reappears as Google Chat

After the formal changeover from Hangouts Meet to Google Meet

Google Hangouts reappears as Google Chat

With the rebranding of Hangouts as Google Chat, the company confirmed on Thursday, Google officially removed the Hangouts brand from its enterprise G Suite deal. The rebranding follows a similar change of name from the companion video conferencing app Hangouts Meet to Google Meet, announced yesterday. 

The new change was originally proposed by an updated support document from G Suite listing the name of the Google Chat alongside Google Meet. Of course, not to confuse this version of Chat with the other version of Chat, the name Google inexplicably gave its fairly new Android messaging protocol based on RCS.

As for the brand Hangouts, it will continue to live on as the name of the mobile chat app that Google spun as a spiritual successor to Gchat back in 2013 out of its shutdown social network Google+. "The user (classic) edition of Hangouts won't change," a Google spokesperson tells.

In the last nearly seven years or so it has been a long and winding journey for Hangouts. The app never got the same cultural cachet degree as Gchat. Google's frequently messaged and counterproductive messaging approach often meant that Hangouts was still struggling with about a half-dozen other text and video messaging applications that Google kept on putting out over the years.

For now, Hangouts for G Suite-this is just the chat app's workplace version-will continue to exist since Google postponed its discontinuation back in August last year. Now in its place is Google Chat, formerly Hangouts Talk, which is more of a Slack rival for more efficient collaboration and networking in the workplace than a simple, one-to-one networking device like the old G chat.

And for everyone else, for the near future, your online Gmail account and your iOS or Android computer will still access the first, mobile edition of Hangouts.


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