Allo, goodbye: Google is killing off the messaging app

Allo development, as slow as it was, has been on hold since Google announced they were re-focusing their messaging efforts on the Rich Communications Services (RCS) powered "Chat" platform in their Android Messages app back in April.

If you're using Allo, you can export your conversation history from the app until it closes down in March. Select Settings Chat Export messages from chats or Export stored media from chats, and select where to store them. The former will take care of messaging; the latter will cover video conferencing scenarios. Now, Chat and Meet are already available for enterprise users, but Google is working on getting them ready for consumers too sometime in 2019. The company tried to enter the market several times in the past decade but failed each time to get enough traction in the market. 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. It'll keep its Duo video calling service around for the foreseeable future, though. The app is seeing "strong growth and engagement" according to Google. With it, you get features like typing indicators, read receipts, group chats, the ability to send large attachments, and more, and it's all built into the Messages app that comes with your phone.

With Android Messages Chat, you're no longer limited to 160 characters.

In a turn of events pretty much everyone outside of Google saw coming, the search giant is apparently poised to wind down its Google Allo messaging app, with an announcement coming "soon".

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Allo, which faced tough competition from the get-go, was not a awful application.

Which leads to the conclusion, embraced in 9to5Google's report about today's news, that Android Messages (powered by RCS chat) may end up being the successor of sorts to both Allo and Hangouts.

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