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A timeline of Google's messaging rivalry with Facebook. Original inspiration from source [23], enhanced and corrected from [33]:

- 2006-02-07: Google Talk integration inside Gmail goes live [35]

- 2006-09-26: Facebook opens up to everyone (not just colleges) [36]

- 2007-02-14: (corrected date) Gmail opens up to everyone (not just invite-only) [37]

- 2008-04-06: Facebook chat goes live [34]

- 2008-07-11: iOS App Store launches [38]

- 2008-08-26: Facebook hits 100 million active users [24]

- 2008-09-23: Android 1.0 launches [39]

- 2008-11-11: Google Talk introduces voice and video calling [40]

- 2009-03-11: Google buys GrandCentral, launches Google Voice [1]

- 2009-04-08: Facebook hits 200 million active users [25]

- 2009-06: iOS gets push notifications [42]

- 2009-06-25: Google Voice invitations being serviced [2]

- 2009-09-15: Facebook hits 300 million active users [26]

- 2010-02-04: Facebook hits 400 million active users [27]

- 2010-05-20: Android gets push notifications [41]

- 2010-06-21: FaceTime released with iOS 4 [43]

- 2010-06-22: Google Voice opens up invite-free to everyone in the US [3]

- 2010-07-21: Facebook hits 500 million active users [28]

- 2011-01-05: Facebook hits 600 million active users [29]

- 2011-05-30: Facebook probably hits around 700 million active users [30]

- 2011-06-28: Google+ launches, with text chat "+Messenger" and video chat "+Hangouts" [4]

- 2011-07-06: Facebook introduces video calling powered by Skype behind-the-scenes, needs installation [5]

- 2011-08-09: Facebook introduces Messenger app [6]

- 2011-09-22: Facebook hits 800 million active users [31]

- 2011-10-12: iMessage released with iOS 5

- 2012-04-23: Facebook hits 900 million active users [32]

- 2012-09-20: Facebook tries SMS sending from Messenger [7]

- 2013-04-17: Wired editorial on "Will Google Hang Up on Voice?" [8]

- 2013-05-15: Google launches 'Google Hangouts', which subsumes Google Talk, Google+ Messenger, Google+ Hangouts [9]

- 2013-10-29: Facebook discontinues send-SMS support in Messenger, sends Messenger message instead [10]

- 2013-10-29: Google Hangouts Android App gets SMS handler support [11]

- 2014-02-19: Facebook announces it will acquire WhatsApp [12]

- 2014-04-09: Facebook removes chat from its main app, forces people to use Messenger [13]

- 2014-09-11: Google Hangouts gets Google Voice integration [14]

- 2015-03-25: Facebook announces Messenger Platform for business, bot, and ad integration [15]

- 2015-04-27: Facebook Messenger gets native video calling [16]

- 2016-01-27: Hangouts 7.0 asks users to use Google Messenger for SMS instead [17]

- 2016-06-14: Facebook Messenger gets Android SMS handler support [18]

- 2016-07-13: Hangouts 11.0 removes support for merged conversations [19]

- 2016-08-16: Google releases Duo [20]

- 2016-09-21: Google releases Allo [21]

- 2016-10-07: Duo is replacing Hangouts in the base Android install [22]

- 2017-01-23: Google launches rebooted Google Voice app, with Hangouts-like UI

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