Google is finally shutting down Talk (aka GChat) — its instant messaging service that you probably haven’t used much since 2007 (via Android Police). Even though Google has migrated Talk users to Google Hangouts in 2017 – another of its now-marginalized messaging platforms – it was still accessible to third-party XMPP clients like Pidgin and Gajim.
But Google will cut those last life support lines on June 16 – in three days. in the a message on the Talk support pageGoogle says it is “doing away with Google Talk” and will no longer support third-party apps, citing its first announcement in 2017. Users attempting to log into GCchat after the 16th will see a login error. If you want to continue using Pidgin through Google services, Pidgin recommends use this plugin instead for Google Chat.
Google Talk originated in 2005 as a way for users to send instant messages directly from Gmail. It later expanded to voice and video calls and even allowed for group chats. Google retired the service in 2017 in favor of Hangouts, a news service Introduced in 2014, which Google highlighted at the time.
But in typical Google fashion, it only needed to change things up for users once more, a rebrand Hangouts Chat to Google Chat in 2020 and then Earlier this year, the original Hangouts were replaced with Google Chat for Workspace users. Hangouts is still available on the Internet for free Google Account users, but they’ll also see “Hangouts Retiring Soon” warnings with links directing them to Google Chat.
Google encourages people who’ve accessed Google Talk through third-party apps to switch to Google Chat — but don’t get too comfy. If history is any indication, it won’t be long before Google shifts its messaging focus with yet another new service or rebrand.