- What is changing with the Google+ Hangouts API?
The Google+ Hangouts API is no longer supported. New apps cannot be created but existing apps will continue to run until April 25th, 2017. After that date, apps in Hangouts will no longer function.
- Why is it no longer supported?
At the Google Horizon event in September 2016, we previewed a new experience for Hangouts focused on meetings. In order to streamline our efforts further, we will be retiring the Google+ Hangouts API that enables developers to build apps for the older version of Hangouts video calls. This API was originally intended to support social scenarios for consumer users as part of Google+, whereas Hangouts is now turning to focus on enterprise use cases.
We understand this will impact developers who have invested in our platform. We have carefully considered this change and believe that the latest updates allow us to give our users a more targeted Hangouts desktop video experience going forward.
- Are there any exceptions?
There are a few apps which will continue to run past the April 25th date. These include the ability to dial into a call (served by the Dialpad and RingCentral apps), integrations with other enterprise communications tools (e.g. Slack), and our Hangouts on Air broadcasting tools (Toolbox, Control Room, Cameraman).
- What will my users see?
Users of apps will see a notice in the call letting them know that the app they’re using will no longer work after April 25th.