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Google Messenger Being Dropped for Google Hangouts

An image of Hangouts in progress in Google's new cross-platform app.

Google is making a wise move today by cutting out its Google Messenger service in favor of Google Hangouts through an update to Google+ on Android.  It seemed like the natural progression after Hangouts was officially unveiled during Google I/O earlier this year. It was introduced as a new client that replaces Google Talk and provides seamless integration across computers and mobile devices.

Google Messenger is basically the same thing and is available on Android and iOS. You can use it to chat with other Google Messenger contacts who use the service through a Google+ application. But there’s no need for Google to support two chat apps, especially when Google Hangouts is more feature rich. Google is killing it off relatively slowly, though, first by eliminating the service from Android. It will cut ties from the iOS app in the future.

Don’t worry about losing conversations if you still do rely on Google Messenger, however. Google will allow you to download your chat history using its Google Takeout service before it’s shut down entirely. TNW also noted that the update now allows users to share photos stored on Google Drive more easily to Google+. Head over to Google Play for the update now.

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Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...