Google Talk has been around for some time now, and it's a sort of leftover from the old days of the Internet, one where Google apps on the web really didn't look all that appealing and "Web 2.0" was still a thing. In fact, GTalk is so old it launched back in August of 2005, making the service 10 years old this summer. Since then, GTalk has grown over the years and back in 2013, Google rebranded GTalk as Hangouts, merging the Google+ video chat service with GTalk to create something akin to that of WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger. While the vast majority of users will no doubt have changed over to Hangouts apps already, Google is to flick the switch on the GTalk name once and for all come February 16th.
Tech2 is reporting that the GTalk app will stop working as of February 16th, and that users still using the plugin on Windows, or even those still using a mobile application (if that's possible thanks to the update to Hangouts) will receive messages directly from Google to let them know that they service is to close for good starting February 16th. The writing has been on the wall for GTalk for years now, but it looks like this month is to be its last, with the service finally completing its transformation into Google Hangouts once and for all.
We're not sure how many users are still out there using GTalk, but we're going to guess that it's older users on computers or laptops, rather than anyone using an Android phone, after all Google did update the GTalk app to hangouts a long time ago (the URL is the same in the Play Store if you take a look). It's interesting to look back at GTalk and how the internet was back then, with services like GTalk, MSN Messenger and Aim being services used by many, but still something for those more interesting in technology than anything else. Nowadays, instant messaging is as common as text messaging to the majority of users, and a whole new generation is coming up that's grown up with Facebook, Skype and GMail. We doubt anyone will shed a tear for GTalk, but those still using the plugin (wherever they are) should take note.