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Most Hangouts video call apps will be retired April 25th, excluding HOA broadcasting tools and enterprise communications tools

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).

Announcement:
https://developers.google.com/+/hangouts/support-faq

Edited to add: also see this update from +Hangout Toolbox​:
https://plus.google.com/+Hangouttoolbox/posts/3A1rjxL2r3q

Why the change?

This [Google+ Hangouts] 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.

Currently the old Hangout interface that supports apps is only available through Google Calendar event video call links, and Hangouts on Air.

The "new" more-reliable Hangouts video call interface, introduced in 2015, has never supported the apps, so if that is what you've been using you will see no change. 
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I am totally confused. Which Hangouts will be working and which one will not ?? Can somebody explain to me, in plain English, what's going on please ????
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+Khaled Alaghil​ all Hangouts will continue to work. The only thing going away are the apps in the old Hangout video call interface. If you don't use those, you won't see a change.
 
Nerver use Allo and Duo i stay on Hangouts and take the fight 😈 with +Google​
 
As I use (the old) Hangouts next to exclusively for gaming, using apps like Dicestream and Fateroller, this is quite a devastating blow.
Is there a chance that the new Hangouts will get app support for such apps like dicerollers in the future?
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+Frank Falkenberg I really don't know, but I suspect not. Google has shifted the focus of Hangouts to business and enterprise users.
 
I can't say I didn't see it coming. Hangouts apps never got any major traction and Google didn't do any further work or promotion of the feature.

+Frank Falkenberg a possible workaround may be using equivalent web-based apps available to all players and, if needed, add a live feed to them via screenshare.
 
Currently my hopes are with Discord getting video chat features in a few months. The developer of Dicestream announced to be developing diceroller apps for Discord, too. So it looks like goodbye Google, hello Discord - at least regarding video chats for gaming purposes.
 
+Peggy K​ Only video call from 25 april? Google remove messenger function in Hangouts?
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+Jonas Jerner​ no, all that is being removed are the special apps in video calls (which most people probably don't use anyway). There will still be Hangout chat, and inside the video call will be the option to screenshare and chat. 
 
Noooo after school I always call my friend on hangouts
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