Google's chat plans: Kill Allo, upgrade Duo and invest in Messages

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In a blog post that went live shortly after the original report, Google confirmed that Allo will no longer work after March of 2019.

Allo hasnt been receiving attention from Google because several months ago, Google shifted development from Allo and Duo to focus on improving the Android Messages app going all in with RCS (Rich Service Communications), which is set to be the true successor to the outdated SMS (Short Message Service) default messaging service on Android.

The company first launched Google Allo back in 2016, offering some interesting functionality for the time. As the original article notes, there has been no activity from Google to update the platform or address a myriad of user problems, and the developer lead has left Google and moved on to Facebook.

In parallel, we built Google Allo, a smart messaging app, to help you get more done in your chats and express yourself more easily. Despite its promise, the app never gained traction and seeing it shuttered would be unsurprising.

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Allo will continue to work through March 2019 and until then, you'll be able to export all of your existing conversation history from the app-here are instructions on how to do so. With Hangouts and Allo out of the way, Google may finally have a straightforward approach to messaging.

More than 175 million Android users use Messages already according to Google. However, the sense here is that Google is carefully using the words that is letting it deny the coming demise of Hangouts, but Hangouts users will definitely find the app changed significantly by the end of the year.

Google didn't dispute this in any of their clarifications, only acknowledging that they'll soon offer Hangouts users the chance to use Hangouts Chat, which is now only available to G Suite customers as more of a collaboration tool. - Given Messages continued momentum, weve chose to stop supporting Allo to focus on Messages. Currently, Android Messages uses traditional SMS, for the most part.

Duo, a video chat app, also survives for now.

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