Friday, 14 December, 2018

Google is shutting down Allo, to no one’s surprise

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Cecil Davis | 06 December, 2018, 14:24

With little staff assigned to work on Allo, and very small amount of consumer adoption for Google's instant messaging service there's little reason to keep it around. Thanks to partnerships with over 40 carriers and device makers, over 175 million of you are now using Messages, our messaging app for Android phones, every month.

This new Allo report comes from sources familiar with the situation at 9to5Google.

The company first launched Google Allo back in 2016, offering some interesting functionality for the time. In this case, many of Allos features were ported to Android Messages, the default SMS and soon-to-be RCS client on Android phones.

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 made a decision to explain their plans in their own words. Verizon confirmed its support for Google's RCS and promised to introduce support for the service starting early 2019.

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

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Google's big bet this time is on Messages, a chat experience based on RCS that the company builds into the Android device to position it as a direct competitor to Apple's iMessage. We can expect the news via a blog post, which has been delayed owing to the faux Hangouts shutdown rumours. 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. Messages is getting or has gotten most of Allo's best features and will continue to see major development.

Allo will continue to work through March 2019 and until then, youll be able to export all of your existing conversation history from the app—We've learned a lot from Allo, particularly whats possible when you incorporate machine learning features, like the Google Assistant, into messaging.

Duo, the video calling application, lives on as well and won't suffer the same fade as Allo.

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