Google confirms chat app Allo will soon shut down

Google confirms chat app Allo will soon shut down

Google has announced that it is pulling down the curtains on its smart messaging app Allo to focus on Messages. This has been conveyed through an official blogpost by the company and those users who wish to export their chat history will be able to do so till then.

Rather than viewing Allo as the mistake and waste of time that many people saw it as, Google appears to view the service as a testing ground for features.

The shutdown has been expected for some time. Duo will continue being developed as the company says it has seen strong growth across both major smartphone operating systems.

In parallel, we built Google Allo, a smart messaging app, to help you get more done in your chats and express yourself more easily. Launched in September 2016, this app will continue to work through March 2019. The company's also continuing to develop Hangouts into a workplace collaboration app, helping it to rival the likes of Slack.

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Allo was once going to be the centerpiece of Google’s messaging strategy
Greenbot Allo was once going to be the centerpiece of Google’s messaging strategy

Having said all that, Google's messaging efforts have arguably been all over the place up to now, though the company seems to be moving in the right direction to finally address that. And after that it will be gone.

However, now it is not clear if all Hangouts users - and many of them are regular users who just have a Google account and aren't part of G Suite base - will get access to the Hangouts Chat and Meet or if it will be restricted to G Suite users. We're fully committed to supporting Hangouts users in the meantime.

We want every single Android device to have a great default messaging experience. It's the only Google messaging service that supports instant messaging, SMS, video calls, and voice calls, with clients on Android, iOS, the web, inside gmail.com, and on desktop via a Chrome extension.

Today's announcement does a certain amount to change all that, but still leaves Messaging, Duo and Hangouts doing more or less the same job in a different way.

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