Google has took a serious step towards making Hangouts an “optional” application to be bundled with the android OEM supplied to third party manufacturers by Google for Smartphone production. A report has come stating that Hangouts’ place would be taken by Google Duo, the video calling application.
Starting December 1 2016 Google is going to implicate its harsh decision about making the Hangouts app an “optional” app and letting Google Duo in the place made vacant for the Android Smartphone makers. From December 2016 the Android device makers won’t need to install Hangouts in their Smartphones if they don’t want to do so but it its place Google Duo would be mandatory to be installed.
Google Duo is a recently launched Video calling application just like Skype and IMO made for general public and to the fact that there are better alternatives from third party vendors, people simply “refused” to use Duo as their primary video calling app and to this fact only Google seems to make it compulsory for Android device makers to install Duo in their devices so that everyone gets a taste of the application and if someone starts using it even “mistakenly”, it would be a win-win situation for Google.
According to a report by Android Police, an email sent to “Google Mobile Services partners,” Google tells that Hangouts app will not be bundled with new hardware. A snippet of the following email stated, “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.”
This doesn’t means that after this move Hangouts would be dead for users, this just means that it won’t come pre-installed but would be available for users to download over the Google Play Store.
It would be pretty amazing to see how Google Duo performs in the race where it is absolutely very late, but keeping all facts in mind the good fact about this application is that it can work even in slower networks which other apps fail to do.