Hangouts demoted in Google Apps package, Duo gets nod

Hangouts won't be mandatory on Google partner phones soon, Duo will be.

Published Oct 7, 2016 6:26 PM CDT   |   Updated Wed, Jul 27 2022 3:36 AM CDT
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Google recent sent out an e-mail to its Mobile Services partners indicating Hangouts will no longer be required to be bundled with hardware. Rather, video calling app Duo will take its place.

Hangouts demoted in Google Apps package, Duo gets nod |

"Duo will replace Hangouts within the suite of core GMS apps, and Hangouts will become GMS Optional for telephony products," it reads. "This change will take effect on December 1, 2016."

What's also interesting is Google's text messaging app Allo isn't getting the nod alongside Duo; for whatever reason, the company is content to not push the text side of their new communication apps in this regard, at least for the time being.

In any case, Google will continue to support Hangouts; it simply won't be mandatory anymore on partner hardware.


Sean has a background in journalism, and has been using that to write about gaming and tech since 2008 - first for Neoseeker, then Rage3D, and now, TweakTown. As News Editor, Sean's job is to supply regular stories on the latest happenings in the tech world. He also writes tweak guides to help you get the most out of your PC games and hardware.

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