Google is 'replacing' Gchat today - here's what that means


Google Talk was launched way back in 2005 after which it gained a kind of cult following until 2013, the year Google launched Hangouts.

Google is requiring users of its Google Talk messaging service in Gmail to switch to Hangouts after Monday. Google Talk a.k.a GChat as it came to be known amongst its users was a lifeline for many as it bridged boundaries between users irrespective of the place they were living in. Allo, Duo, Android Messages, and Google Voice are still here and ready to mend the hole in your bruised and battered heart. The company has also been pushing users to take the plunge and move to Hangouts for quite a while now.

If you still use Google Talk instead of Hangouts on your phone, you'll need to switch over to the Hangouts app starting tomorrow. So now the Google Talk app will not work, nor it will be available to download from the Play Store. First of all, you'll be able to firehose chat buddies with GIFs, which will ease the pain of transition for nearly everyone.

Hangouts is a feature rich instant messaging application inclusive of features like group video chatting, gif support, inline images support and seamless integration with other Google add-ons. There is a Dense Roster setting in Hangouts that provides a similar experience, said Google.

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Luckily, not much. Hangouts is a pretty solid replacement for Google Talk.

"With the introduction of Hangouts Meet and Hangouts Chat, it is now time to say goodbye to Google Talk".

However, of late, both Gtalk and Hangouts have been losing ground to other mobile chatting services like Whatsapp, Telegram and Facebook messenger.