Published: Fri, December 07, 2018
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Google Shutting Down Allo Messaging App, Focusing Instead on Messages and Duo

Google Shutting Down Allo Messaging App, Focusing Instead on Messages and Duo

"We built Google Allo, a smart messaging app, to help you get more done in your chats and express yourself more easily", Google vice president Matt Klainer explains. Messages is getting or has gotten most of Allo's best features and will continue to see major development.

Google has been pushing hard to turn Messages into the default SMS and messaging app on Android, but also continues to offer SMS chat via its Google Voice app.

The app - which first arrived in September 2016 with a bunch of clever features like one-tap smart replies, Google Assistant support, and the ability to share web search results in conversations - will be shut down next March. In March 2019, all Allo messages and backups will be deleted.

There has been a great deal of speculation recently about what Google's plans are for dealing with its plethora of messaging tools.

It surprises many observers that with such a large base of Android users that Google has, it has not been able to develop and grow a steady messaging platform like the iMessage that Apple could succeed in developing or the Facebook Messenger.

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. Moving all existing users over to Hangouts Chat and the video conferencing app Hangouts Meet.

For the dustbin: Hangouts Classic and Allo. Until that happens, Google is apparently "fully committed to supporting Hangouts users in the meantime". "And by refocusing on Messages and Duo for consumers and Hangouts Chat and Hangouts Meet for team collaboration, we're focused on delivering a simpler and more unified communications experience for all of you".

The company also talked more about the future of Duo and Hangouts.

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