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Google confirms 2019 shutdown of Allo, focus on Messages and Duo

Google confirms 2019 shutdown of Allo, focus on Messages and Duo

Well, this news is not entirely surprising as the fact that Google had already stopped the investment for Allo since April 2016.

We want every single Android device to have a great default messaging experience. 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.

Numerous features in Allo have been implemented in Google Messages, like Smart Reply and GIF support, and the Allo team will not focus on the Messages app. SMS and online messaging can't exactly be compared, but we hope that Google is working on something special.

The saga of Google's messaging apps continues.

Original article, December 5 2018: If for some reason you're still using Google Allo, you might not be able to use it for much longer.




Google had originally hoped that the more "kooky" elements of Allo would make it appeal to millenials, leaving Hangouts to take on a more organisational role for communicating between colleagues. - Given Messages continued momentum, weve chose to stop supporting Allo to focus on Messages. The service is shutting down in March 2019, giving people time to export their conversation histories.

Today's announcement does a certain amount to change all that, but still leaves Messaging, Duo and Hangouts doing more or less the same job in a different way.

The latter of which, RCS, represents the future of messaging, as SMS is set to become obsolete. The company promises they will continue to improve the service with features that utilize machine learning.

"Hangouts Chat and Meet are primarily focused on team collaboration for G Suite customers and at some point will be made available for existing Hangouts users, too".

As for Hangouts, the other unclear entry in Google's family of messaging apps, Google previously announced that it would "evolve" Hangouts into separate Hangout Chats and Hangouts Meet experiences for businesses. We don't know how these enterprise apps will change to accommodate regular users, but we'll know more when the time comes for Google to kill off Hangouts Classic.


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