Google Talk ends support for third-party XMPP apps that kept it going

Google is shutting down Talk (also known as GChat) for good – its instant messaging service that you probably haven’t used much since 2007 (via android font). Although Google migrated Talk users to Google Hangouts in 2017 – another of its now sidelined messaging platforms – it was still accessible through third-party XMPP clients like Pidgin and Gajim.

But Google will cut off those last surviving lines on June 16 — three days from now. In a post on Talk’s support page, Google says it’s “terminating Google Talk” and will no longer support third-party apps, citing its initial announcement in 2017. after 16 will see a connection. Mistake. If you still want to use Pidgin through Google services, Pidgin recommends using this plugin for Google Chat instead.

Google Talk emerged in 2005 as a way for users to send instant messages directly through Gmail. It later expanded to voice and video calls and even enabled group chats. Google discontinued the service in 2017 in favor of Hangouts, a messaging service introduced in 2014 that Google was promoting at the time.

But in typical Google fashion, it was enough to change things up again for users, renaming Hangouts Chat to Google Chat in 2020, then replacing the original Hangouts with Google Chat for Workspace users earlier this year. Hangouts is still available on the web for free Google Account users, but they’ll also see warnings that “Hangouts is going away soon,” with links directing them to Google Chat.

Google is encouraging people who accessed Google Talk through third-party apps to switch to Google Chat, but don’t get too comfortable. If past history is any indication, it won’t be long before Google changes its messaging focus with another new service or rebrand.

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