Google has already announced the death sentence of Hangouts API, so Hangouts users will now have until the April of this year to access and enjoy some apps or features of the service. The termination of the API comes in the wake of Hangouts’ transition to becoming a business-centric platform with basic and straightforward features.
Last Wednesday, Apple silently published a blog post about Google+ Hangouts API support. In the post, the Mountain View giant revealed that henceforth the service’s API is no longer supported and that existing apps will continue to function until April 25, 2017. Not only that, developers who were working on new apps received the sad news that they could no longer launch their apps for Hangouts.
The Register pointed out that Google’s announcement did not come into light until this Monday because it isn’t really common for people to follow FAQ posts. The tech site also noted that there aren’t that many people who would be affected by the end of the Hangouts API.
Explaining why it terminated Hangouts API, Google stated that this is part of its plan to push Hangouts to providing a new experience focused on meetings to users. The tech giant revealed that Hangouts would soon be focusing on enterprise, so it is best for it to get rid of apps or features that were targeted for social scenarios.
Though Hangouts API support has been dismissed, there are some apps that will still be supported by Hangouts. DialPad and RingCentral apps for dialing and placing calls, Slack and other enterprise communications tools, as well as broadcasting tools Toolbox, Cameraman, Control Room will continue to function despite the April 25 expiration date.
SlashGear reports Hangouts users will not have access to stickers, doodles and AR overlays from now on. The formerly all-in-one text and video chat service is streamlining for the business-minded users, while Google pushes Allo and Duo to users who want a more social text-based and video-based chatting service, respectively.