Published: Thu, December 06, 2018
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Google confirms Allo will shutdown in March

Google confirms Allo will shutdown in March

"Given Messages' continued momentum, we've made a decision to stop supporting Allo to focus on Messages", the company added. After the company announced Allo development had been "paused" back in April, a new report claims the app will be completely discontinued. Users will be able to export their existing conversation history from the app before the service shuts down.

9to5Google also recently broke the news that Google plans to dramatically change the way Google Hangouts works. In this case, many of Allos features were ported to Android Messages, the default SMS and soon-to-be RCS client on Android phones. In fact, 9to5Google claims that Google may have meant to announce the end of Allo sooner, but pushed it back when news leaked about its plans for Hangouts.

On the blog post, the Tech Giant mentioned that they want every Android device to have a great messaging experience and they have been working closely with mobile industry to upgrade SMS so that its users around the globe can enjoy the services like group chats, read receipts or shirring high-resolution photos like WhatsApp.

After a couple of new reports attempted to share Google's timeline for shuffling around its messaging apps, possibly killing a couple of them, the company chose to explain their plans in their own words.

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Google Duo, the video calling counterpart to Allo, is sticking around.

Following the footsteps of a certain fruit-based competitor, Google is putting all their eggs in the Android Messages basket. The company promises they will continue to improve the service with features that utilize machine learning. Google also at one point left some people wondering if Allo would be the intended successor to Google Hangouts' consumer usage, though of course that is being sunset, too. Those are the only phones on Verizon that'll get RCS for now, but Verizon does say that it plans to expand the feature to more phones "in the future". Enter your email to be subscribed to our newsletter.

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