Google to shut down its messaging app Allo by March 2019

Google to shut down its messaging app Allo by March 2019

Google to shut down its messaging app Allo by March 2019

In a blog post shared yesterday, Google has announced that it will officially end support for the chat app by end of March 2019.

"Given Messages' continued momentum, we've chose to stop supporting Allo to focus on Messages". "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", the company added. In 2017, the head of Allo left Google for Facebook, and shortly thereafter most of the Allo team moved over to Android Messages. In a blog post, Google also talks about the other messaging apps and services it offers, including Hangouts and Duo.

The company first launched Google Allo back in 2016, offering some interesting functionality for the time.

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Hangouts precursor Google Talk lived on within Gmail for over a decade, only to be finally phased out in favor of Hangouts past year.

After the rumours of Hangouts demise began circulating this past weekend, it seems Google is also looking at their other instant messaging client with thoughts of shuttering it as well. As such, the company says that it is "bringing the best of Allo to Messages", partly because it wants "every single Android device to have a great default messaging experience". That doesn't mean the service itself is immediately going away.

As for Hangouts, the venerable chat app that launched with Google+, the company basically confirmed it would go away at some point last week, with users being "upgraded" to the Hangouts Chat and Hangouts Meet services now available for businesses. And unlike with Allo, Google says it is seeing "strong engagement across both Android and iOS". Until that happens, Google is apparently "fully committed to supporting Hangouts users in the meantime". The Enterprise-only services Hangout Chats and Hangout Meets will be made available to consumers in the future. The company has shifted focus to Messages for texting, Duo for video calls, and Hangouts Chat and Meet for G Suite customers.

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