Quietly, Google has announced the relocation of one of its more popular services.
When Google+ launched a few years ago it added video chat program Hangouts which quickly grew in popularity and expanded into Hangouts On Air enabling people to interact with users ranging from politicians to entertainment stars. The program has featured a fairly impressive list of users ranging from Brad Pitt to the President of the United States.
Yet, despite the popularity, Google’s shifting Hangouts off Google+ and telling users they’ll have to head over to YouTube in September if they want the service.
In a brief post Tuesday, Google explained to users “Hangouts On Air will move from Google+ to YouTube Live on September 12. If you want to schedule new Hangouts On Air you will need to use YouTube Live. Events cannot be scheduled on Google+ after September 12 and you will need to move existing events scheduled to happen after September 12 to YouTube Live.”
The company didn’t offer any explanation or reasoning in the shift though it does fit with its recent handling of the Google+ format.
As reported by Engadget, Google has already moved Google Photos to its own product and even completely redesigned Google+. Google also retired the G+ account as a requirement to register for services like Google Play Games and YouTube.