5-digit return on Google’s largest messaging service

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Hangouts will have survived almost 10 years. After a thunderous debut (especially in the United States and Canada), the messaging and videoconferencing service is saying goodbye. Since November 1, 2022, Hangouts users are invited to turn to Google Chat for the messaging part. Google Meet takes care of the video conferencing part.

Users who want their data back until January 1, 2023, after which everything will be erased. Hangouts will therefore have borne the brunt of the rise of competitors such as WhatsApp, Slack, Zoom or even Teams.

If in France Hangouts was quickly shunned by users, it had its heyday in many countries around the world. Return in 5 figures on the largest messaging service from Google.

2013

This is the year in which Google’s messaging and videoconferencing service was created (May 15, Google I/O day). At the time, Hangouts promised to bring together several company services in a single interface.

Hangouts is therefore the union of Google Talk (application allowing telephone access via internet), Google+ Messenger (derived from the Google+ social network allowing communication by message) and Hangouts (videoconferencing service integrated into Google+).

After almost ten years of good and loyal service, Hangouts therefore joins the slew of other Google services that have fallen into oblivion, more quickly in some countries than others. In France, for example, Hangouts never really caught on while the service was a hit in the United States.

100 million

It’s the number of daily Hangouts users in the world for videoconferencing alone. This figure counts individuals and businesses using the service in 2020. Since Google announced the end of Hangouts as early as 2019, the last survivors have turned to other alternatives like Slack, WhatsApp, Zoom etc.

The figure of 100 million may seem impressive, but it is far from that of competitors. WhatsApp, for example, has 2 billion active users worldwide. Zoom, the videoconferencing application that exploded during confinement counted “300 million daily meeting participants”.

150

It’s the maximum number of participants allowed in a group meeting. This threshold was accessible to customers opting for a paid plan.

For comparison, Zoom allows up to 100 participants in its free offer (25 for Hangouts) and 1,000 for the most accessible paid offer. We can reach 50,000 participants with the most expensive formula. At Microsoft, the meeting on its Teams service is limited to 1,000 participants.

2

This is the number of services that will replace Hangouts. Designed to bring together several services, Hangouts will eventually be separated into two entities. Do not try to understand, service management at Google is far from consistent.

Thereby, Hangouts will be replaced by Chat for the messaging part and Meet for the video conferencing functions. Both services are included in Workspace, the new hub of productivity tools from Google.

5.20

This is the call price of the Google Workspace offer to which professionals will have to subscribe if they still want to take advantage of the advanced features of Hangouts.

Indeed, Google includes Hangouts replacements (Meet and Chat) in its Workspace offer. For 5.20 euros per month per user (Business Starter formula), a company can create a professional address, make videoconferences with 100 participants and benefit from 30 GB of storage per user in the cloud.

A more complete offer (Business Standard) is offered at 10.40 euros (150 meeting participants, recording of these meetings and 2 TB of storage). The most complete formula (Business Plus) is billed at 15.60 euros per month per user. It includes more than 500 videoconference participants (with registration and monitoring of participation), 5 TB of storage and more advanced features.

Finally, large structures can contact Google to obtain a personalized offer with encryption of conversations and very advanced features.

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