Google confirms 2019 shutdown of Allo, focus on Messages and Duo

Google confirms Allo will shutdown in March - GSMArena.com news

Google Lays Out Messaging Plans, Including the Fate of Allo and...

Users will be able to use the App until March 2019, but at any point prior to that, they can download their conversation histories to an exportable file, according to a Google blog post.

"We're excited by the progress we've made with our communications experience over the past few years, and ready to take what we've learned from Allo and put it to work to make Messages even better", Klainer writes.

Tech giant Google seems to have failed in launching its own messaging service.

Numerous features in Allo have been implemented in Google Messages, like Smart Reply and GIF support, and the Allo team will not focus on the Messages app. SMS and online messaging can't exactly be compared, but we hope that Google is working on something special.

In 2016 when Allo launched Da, nny Sullivan (now at Google as Search Liaison) expressed skepticism about Allo's chances because of some awkward functionality.

The last time Allo was updated on Android is January and the app has already shown signs of aging with bugs and Google Drive restore is borked.

Though fans of Allo will likely be disappointed by this news, it's great to see Google making a concerted effort to push its disparate messaging platforms in a more clear direction. And after that it will be gone. Moving all existing users over to Hangouts Chat and the video conferencing app Hangouts Meet. Add to that list two of its more recent initiatives, Hangouts and Allo, which are being shuttered. We've been working closely with the mobile industry to upgrade SMS so that people around the world can more easily enjoy group chats, share high-res photos, and get read receipts on any Android device. On the other hand, Google's video calling app Duo has been doing fairly well, and the completely doesn't plan to stop development on it.

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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