@newworldman I was hearing something similar in 2019, but I thought it had been postponed until further notice. The original plan was to move all Hangouts users to Google's premium messaging software Google Chat in early 2020.
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RE: Add Google Hangouts to the SidebarSuggestions and feature requests
Add Google Hangouts to the SidebarSuggestions and feature requests
Google Hangouts is a really popular messaging application, and it would be really useful to have it in the messaging sidebar. I used to use Hangouts a lot before I switched to Opera GX, and I found that I started to use Hangouts less and less as features like Discord have a popup that is quite a bit easier. I have found that people I talk to about this also feel the same way.
It would be nice to have Hangouts on the sidebar for ease of access and to widen the appeal of Opera to Hangouts users.