I'm disappointed that Google Hangouts is going away from XMPP.

If I download the "Hangouts (replaces Talk)" app on my Galaxy Nexus (Google Nexus 3), will I be able to go back to Google Talk, if needed?

Is there a way to keep Google Talk? Or is there a way to communicate with people who use Google Hangouts through Google Talk or XMPP?


As far as Android is concerned, they're the same app, and Hangouts is just a new update for Talk which happens to change the user-facing name. (Apps also have a package name, which is how Android decides if they're the same app.) It works like any other update: it completely replaces the old version in your phone's internal storage. Like any other update, once you've updated, you can't go back to the version you had before.

But in this case, Talk is an app that's built into your ROM (assuming you're not on a custom ROM: if you don't know, you're not). Like any other app from the ROM, you can uninstall all updates and go back to the original version. To do this, go to the Settings app, go to the Apps page, find Hangouts in the list of apps, and click Uninstall updates. This won't restore the version you had before the update: it'll go back to the original version that was on the phone last time you did a system update. (If you've never done a system update, that's the version that was on the phone when you took it out of the box.) There's no guarantee that such an old version will continue to work.

  • Thank you, that explains the situation and, I guess, answers the underlying Android-themed question; however, I disagree with your statement "Hangouts is just a new name for Talk.", because it could be misinterpreted out-of-context -- the apps are, effectively, completely different, and Hangouts are, supposedly, no longer based on the interoperable XMPP, e.g. it will no longer work "across everyone's devices", contrary to what Google claims.
    – cnst
    Jun 1 '13 at 17:40
  • Yes, I see now that that was unclear. I've updated my answer and I hope it's clearer now.
    – Dan Hulme
    Jun 1 '13 at 18:43
  • BTW, is there a way to have both apps concurrently, by any chance?
    – cnst
    Jun 1 '13 at 19:15
  • No. You can't have two versions of the same app.
    – Dan Hulme
    Jun 1 '13 at 19:32

just uninstall hangouts.the app will go back to the old gtalk

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