Allo, goodbye: Google is killing off the messaging app

06 December, 2018, 14:24 | Author: Sammy Rose
  • Google Hangouts Chat RCS

Following a report from 9to5Google about Google Allo's possible fate, Google released a blog post about the future of Allo, Duo, and Android Messages.

Google revealed yesterday that it will shut down Allo, a messaging service that it launched in September 2016 alongside Duo, a video messaging service. It hasn't received a major update in nearly one year and most of the Allo team has been moved to Android Messages. As the original article notes, there has been no activity from Google to update the platform or address a myriad of user problems, and the developer lead has left Google and moved on to Facebook.

In a turn of events pretty much everyone outside of Google saw coming, the search giant is apparently poised to wind down its Google Allo messaging app, with an announcement coming "soon". Despite its promise, the app never gained traction and seeing it shuttered would be unsurprising.

The blog post also mentions that Hangouts Meet and Chat will eventually become available to all users, and the company is "fully committed to supporting Hangouts users in the meantime". Hangouts - as Google has already shared - will be split into two products Hangouts What and Hangouts Meet. As for Android Messages, over 175 million users are on the service every month, and Google has partnered with over 40 carriers and device makers to make the experience better.

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"Given Messages' continued momentum, we've chose to stop supporting Allo to focus on Messages".

If you're using Allo, you can export your conversation history from the app until it closes down in March. Allo was paused as the company put more focus on Android Messages and the "Chat" RCS-based standard. The Google-owned IM app delivered features like Whisper/Shout functionality (increasing or decreasing the size of the text you're sending), Google Assistant integration, and Incognito chats.

Update 12/5/18 at 9:20PM ET: Google has confirmed that Allo will be discontinued and that the focus on enterprise for Hangouts will continue.

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