history of one of the oldest Google services. Living and dead alternatives from Google

How did Google Talk start?

The service is one of the most widespread in the history of the existence of a variety of platforms for communication. Google Talk has been available on 11 different operating systems, so it can be considered one of the leaders in terms of cross-platform. It was able to work with a wide variety of desktop and mobile operating systems, including both Windows, iOS, and rarer ones, including webOS, BlackBerry or Maemo, if you still remember what it is.

The messenger was based on the “toad”, that is, on Jabber, which was extremely popular at one time. With it, users could not only send text messages to each other, but also find out the status of their contacts. Moreover, messages sent to users who were offline reached after the addressee returned online, which was very useful and relevant.

In general, we can say that for several years Google has been very actively developing this service, adding more and more new features. The era of development and prosperity of Google Talk, so to speak, lasted about 7 years.

And then – the slow fading and oblivion

But then she lost interest in the product, and at first refused to update, and then completely began to remove various functions and features. Ultimately, Google Talk decided to merge with Hangouts and Google Messenger. The company decided to do this in order to reduce the fragmentation of its own messengers.

Then the Google team decided to disable services under Windows OS, which was announced at the end of 2014, implementing plans in 2015. Within five days, the service was blocked, and the user base was transferred to other products. Then, for another two years, the service began to be limited in its capabilities on other platforms, including Android. Previously, Talk was an integral part of the company’s mail services, but this practice stopped in the summer – this feature was also removed.

Well, in the current year, 2022, Google has decided to permanently and irrevocably disable Talk. It cannot be said that everyone was waiting for this, the decision was made a long time ago. But the long-lived service is still a bit of a pity. Now the company plans to transfer its users to an alternative service called Chat. According to the developers, the platform is great for communicating, file transfers, video calls, and everything that the user needs.

Other services and platforms from Google

The corporation simply has a plethora of different services, including many communication platforms and instant messengers. Some of them have already closed, like Google Talks, others are still working, although the number of their users is not so large.

Google Voice

This messenger appeared about 3 years after the release of Google Talk. It provides a virtual phone number that is not tied to a mobile operator. Nevertheless, you can work with it in much the same way as with a regular SIM.

The messenger has both a web version and a mobile application. It provides the ability to make voice calls, send text messages and work with voice mail. Since 2017, MMS support has been working, which, it seems, everyone has already begun to forget about.

It is worth noting that the service only works in the United States, so many domestic users may not have heard of it. But there are those who have been working with Voice for a long time and tightly.

Google wave

It was possible to raise a wave with the help of another service from Google from 2009 to 2012. It was an excellent service, the problem of which was the invitation by invites. Too few people had access to it, and when it became possible to register for everyone, interest disappeared.

The wave could be driven on various news occasions, thanks to which tens of thousands of people received information about events and news. You could also create threads and reply to other users’ comments. Unfortunately, the service, with all its potential, lasted only about a year. There were several problems, the main one being the very small number of users mentioned above.

There were other problems, but it was the invitation system that became the “bottleneck”, which, in the end, led to the fact that, figuratively speaking, the service itself choked.

Slide’s Disco

A little-known communication service that lasted only a year. Rather, it existed longer, then the corporation bought it, closing it exactly one year after the purchase. Disco is an app for group chat via SMS. Not a bad idea, which was quite relevant for its time.

The service had an application for both Android and iOS, there was also a web version for those who found it more convenient to communicate this way.

Google Plus

A social network that lasted for eight years. It was initially simply imposed on users, forcing them to register on Google+, for example, when trying to leave a comment on YouTube. Then they said that this is Brin’s project, which keeps him under personal control. That is why, perhaps, the social network has lasted for eight years.

In addition to the possibility of communication in this social network, two more modules were built into it, Google+ Messenger and Google+ Hangouts. In the first case, it was possible to send messages to individual members of their “circles” or to an entire group. The second is to work with a group video chat, which after a while was transformed into a separate service.

Hangouts has also been phased out in favor of Google Chat to keep the fragmentation of various communication services to a minimum. Supporters of the service argue that if the company focused on its development, then perhaps it would become more popular than iMessages, WhatsApp or Zoom.

Google Allo

Another communication service that, as far as one can tell, was released as an alternative to WhatsApp. Actually, this application and service was almost a complete clone of WhatsApp. Nevertheless, on the first day, Allo was downloaded by 5 million users. True, the development of the service ended there, since WhatsApp already had 1 billion users at that time, and there was no point in leaving for another service, where, moreover, there were no colleagues or acquaintances.

Google Duos

God, another Google calling service that was a very simple app for this purpose. As a result, he managed to become a long-liver, since many users liked simple video calls. Some WhatsApp users installed Duo before the advent of video calls in the messenger – it was convenient.

Google Meet

A convenient product for the corporate segment, with which a large number of my friends and colleagues work. According to many, Meet is much more convenient than Zoom, and also faster than the competition. There are meeting rooms here that are created by the administrator, and you can then join for a conversation by clicking the link. A big plus is that in the paid version, the number of participants is about 250 people. Here are the main features of Meet that users love:

• Screen sharing.
• Broadcast conference for 100 thousand GSuite participants.
• Ability to record screen and save video to Google Drive.
• Titles in real time.
• Text chat in the room.

Google Chat

Finally, a service that invites both Google Talk users and users of other corporate communication services. It has most of the features and functionality you need for teamwork. These are channels for personal and group communications, private, threads and bots. Now Meet is integrated into Gmail, which is quite convenient for many.

Goodbye Google Talk

Well, the service has closed, but as you can see, there are a fairly large number of different alternatives from Google. The corporation provides users with different options on different platforms. True, it is difficult to say which of them will continue to exist, and which will close in a couple of months. The same Google Chat can be closed for many reasons.

Anyway, let’s say one last goodbye to Google Talk. This service was good.

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