Google Duo Is Getting Rid Hangouts Off Android [Optional]


According to the new report circulating online suggesting that Google Hangouts will soon be an optional install on Google Duo for Android. Starting December 1st, phone makers like Samsung and HTC will no longer be required to add Hangouts to their handsets, why? Duo will be the mandatory video-calling app on Google powered devices, Android, droid and Pixel phones. Claims comes from Android Police for now, and here are the details.

Wondering why this happening? This isn’t any surprise though, Google has already said that it will focus on making Hangouts more of a business app and after the given date, users will be able to download it from the Play Store. Optional, and that too if required on Google Duo installed Android devices.

In its ongoing effort of pushing new chat software, Google really don’t require Android phone manufacturers to pre-install Hangouts app as part of its core mobile app suite starting 1st December 2016. Instead, the company will include Duo, released recently as an alternative and FaceTime competitor for instant video chatting. Google Duo, is a cross-platform which is geared more towards the masses with a simpler interface and “fun” features like Knock Knock which shares a video of a person before a call is answered.

No, Hangouts isn’t totally going away, still it remains as an optional member of the Google Mobile Services package, which apparently Google requires manufacturers to install so that consumers have integral services like the Chrome browser and Google Maps. However, after reading this article we can only assume that Hangouts will have significantly less visibility among new p[hone buyers if companies do decide to leave it out.


Google has not only moved aggressively to promote Duo but also introduced its new artificially powered chat app Allo, which won’t be a mandatory app in the GMS suite afterall, but it could be included down in the line. Right now, it’s a bit clear Google wants to promote video chatting above all else.

An excerpt of that email follows.

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.

Once the December month comes, don’t be surprised you see both apps on your new Android-powered phones. Just because Hangouts is no longer a mandatory part of the stock OS bundle doesn’t mean phone makers will pull it right away.

(Via: TheVerge) (Shared: Engadget)

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