He probably doesn’t even know how much Google launched chat apps, much less how many of them he renamed, reworked in detail, or merged with other similar apps. One of the ones that has undergone several transformations and name changes is definitely Hangouts, originally known to older users as Google Talk.
So Hangouts lived in the shadows for years after the arrival of new generation services like WhatsApp, Viber, Telegram, etc. Little by little, it was losing users, even though it was (and still is) integrated into the Gmail web interface.
But now this adventure has come to an end, as Google has announced that Hangouts, at least as we still know it today, will officially die in November this year. Users will receive a message that the service is shutting down, but will still be able to communicate via the new Google chat app, to which they will be automatically switched.
This is the end of another story about Google’s attempt to impose standards in this segment, because this transformation will further confuse users. It remains to be seen how much this service will actually be used, that is, when it will occur to Google to launch a new one.