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Google Finally Kills Google Talk After 12 Years

Dave Parrack 24-03-2017

Google is retiring Google Talk, also known as Google Chat, after 12 long years of service. The company is urging Talk users to switch to Hangouts rather than the combination of Duo and Allo The Best of Google I/O 2016, Nokia Makes a Comeback... [Tech News Digest] Google reveals new products and services at I/O 2016, Nokia comes alive once more, a reminder that Facebook Live broadcasts are public, and the first teaser for the new Star Trek TV series. Read More . Which suggests that Google still has one (or seven) too many messaging/chat apps on its books.


Back in 2005, before WhatsApp, Messenger, and Snapchat were things, Google launched Google Talk. This was an instant messaging service designed to compete with AIM, ICQ, and MSN Messenger. Thanks to being integrated into Gmail, Google Talk became massively popular. But now it’s being killed off once and for all.

From Google Talk to Hangouts

Google has announced that it’s fully transitioning Google Talk users over to Hangouts. Over the next few weeks Google Talk users will be invited to switch to Hangouts. However, after June 26 this will no longer be optional, with Talk users automatically redirected to Hangouts.

While third-party XMPP clients will “continue to work with Hangouts for 1-on-1 chats […] XMPP federation with third-party service providers” will stop functioning. The Google Talk Android app, which was pulled from the Google Play Store in 2013, will also stop functioning.

To be fair to Google, the company has been trying to get people to start using Hangouts in favor of Talk since 2013. Unfortunately, if you offer people a choice they will generally stick with what they know. Now, having split Hangouts into Chat and Meet Google Splits Hangouts Into 'Chat' and 'Meet' Google is splitting Hangouts into two separate apps, Hangouts Chat and Hangouts Meet. No one seems to know why, but it's happening nonetheless. Read More , Google is trying to force people to move on.

Google Talk Has Had Its Day

Now is probably the right time for Google to kill Google Talk. This particular messaging app has had its day, having been replaced by countless other Google messaging apps, including the new Supersonic Fun Voice Messenger Google's New App Turns Your Words Into Emojis Supersonic Fun Voice Messenger is yet another messaging app. However, at least this one, which is backed by Google, does something interesting with emojis. No, really. Read More . And then there’s all the aforementioned alternatives.


Despite all of this, Google Talk users will be sorry to see it go. Just like they were sorry to see Picasa, iGoogle, Google Reader, and countless other apps disappear. And with such a track record for killing off popular services What Has Google Killed In The Past 7 Years? Earlier this month, we had to say goodbye to Google Reader, a much-loved RSS reader. Whenever Google kills one of their products, disappointment inevitably spreads across the Internet. Read More you have to wonder what Google will kill next.

When was the last time you used Google Talk? How do you feel about Google killing Google Talk? Will you be switching from Talk to Hangouts? Has Google still got too many messaging apps? What will Google kill next? Please let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

Related topics: Google, Google Hangouts, Instant Messaging.

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  1. vferg
    March 27, 2017 at 12:54 pm

    I always hated Hangout's, it offered minimal options for settings and eliminated a few that I used a lot to control how the software worked which gave me a better experience. Since they scrapped gtalk I basically have just been using 3rd party to accomplish the same things I needed it to do. Thankfully they wont be cutting the 1 on 1 chat which is 99% of what I use it for so I guess I will be fine... for now. With AOL about to kill aim this week and now this news I almost feel like I have to give up IM.

    I loved Allo and if there was anything I would use as a replacement it would be that but only if they ever release a desktop client! I would use it on the phone as well but majority of my day would revolve around back and forth conversations at my job which is not fun jumping between 2 devices.

  2. likefunbutnot
    March 25, 2017 at 2:54 pm

    I use Google Talk/XMPP daily, since it works with a number of third party applications and those don't require me to keep its heavyweight web client or battery-killing mobile app open constantly. XMPP is still something that exists, but I can't think of another major player implementing it.

    I don't like needing multiple messaging services, to the point that I won't even do SMS messaging. I don't know what I'll do if I lose access to Google Chat. Probably just force all messaging to Email, since that's the only truly universal option.

  3. Reader
    March 25, 2017 at 6:56 am

    I would like to thank Google for giving me plenty of warning and time for me to transition from Google Talk to Skype and Facebook Messenger for messaging purposes. Of course, it still would have been much nicer if they did the sensible thing and kept their chat platform...