Saturday, 8 October 2016

Duo Will Soon Replace Hangouts In Google's Batch Of Preinstalled Apps

As things are working out to be now. Allo may be the future of Google’s messaging efforts, but it’s Duo that will replace Hangouts as one of the preinstalled options on future Android phones. recently, an email about the change went out to partners that install Google Mobile Services on their phones. This is quiet distinct from the Android Open Source Project, as enabling these services means agreeing to a license with Google that your phone will include this distinct bundle of apps. And now, basically.... all devices with the Google Play Store are “Google Mobile Services” licensees, while other devices that have their own app stores don’t use the Google Mobile Services agreement. And as the case may be, we rarely see those products in the U.S., but Amazon’s Fire tablets are the most popular example. Looking at the message details, Google is dropping Hangouts from the list of apps that must be bundled on upcoming phones. Today, we are announcing that Google Duo will replace Hangouts within the suite of core GMS apps, and so to this regard, Hangouts will become GMS Optional for telephony products. This change will take effect on December 1, 2016. It sounds similar to the earlier indication that Hangouts would pivot to an enterprise function is coming to be. The curious change is that it’s Duo, not Allo, that’s become the replacement. Now...in this case, Google must see video calling as the more pivotal market right now, a function that has often been lackluster for Hangouts. Pushing out Duo puts a FaceTime competitor to everyone who buys a future Android phones, enabling them to easily video chat with friends or family members across Android and iOS.
Important note:Clearly, Duo is presently the cool kid when it comes to Google’s messaging efforts. So now, I’d expect Allo to get similar bundling treatment at some point, mostly since the company faces stiff competition from several messaging apps that are already hugely popular. But until then, it’s up to you to grab it from the Play Store.

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