Wednesday, 19 December, 2018

Allo, goodbye: Google is killing off the messaging app

Sherri Watson | 06 December, 2018, 14:27

While Allo is on the way out, Google is keeping Duo, its video-calling app, which added video messaging recently.

The life of Allo, which was launched in 2016 to take on WhatsApp, will end in March 2019. In 2017, the head of Allo left Google for Facebook, and shortly thereafter most of the Allo team moved over to Android Messages.

Google on its blog post has confirmed that they have stopped support for its Allo and it will continue to work till March 2019 to makes sure that its users will be able to export all the conversation history from the app. Google Allo has been an instant messaging mobile app for both Android and iOS platforms which uses the phone numbers as identifiers allowing its users to send messages, files or even voice notes. Despite its promise, the app never gained traction and seeing it shuttered would be unsurprising.

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- Given Messages continued momentum, weve made a decision to stop supporting Allo to focus on Messages.

As for Hangouts, the venerable chat app that launched with Google+, the company basically confirmed it would go away at some point last week, with users being "upgraded" to the Hangouts Chat and Hangouts Meet services now available for businesses.

Android Messages and Duo will be a two-pronged attack.

If you're still using Allo and need something else, check out our chat app roundup below. The original rumor was that Google was going to terminate Hangouts Classic, but Google eventually chimed in to say that it would be bringing Hangouts Meet and Hangouts Chat to the general public, instead of keeping them exclusive to G Suite customers.

The announcement mostly reiterates what we already assumed was true - the company is focusing on Android Messages and Duo for consumers, and Hangouts Chat and Meet for businesses.

The latter of which, RCS, represents the future of messaging, as SMS is set to become obsolete. 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.