Google is shutting down its Allo messaging service

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

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

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.

As we've all been expecting over the past year, Google is killing off its Allo cross-platform messaging service. Ever since, the company has introduced popular features of Allo like Smart Reply, GIFs, and desktop support to Android Messages, and in a blog post published on Wednesday, Google has now confirmed the demise of Allo altogether. - Given Messages continued momentum, weve made a decision to stop supporting Allo to focus on Messages.

Google said users have largely switched to Android Messages, its default messaging app which integrates SMS, MMS, and Rich Communications Services (RCS).

Google Allo will soon see the end of its short life, according to 9 to 5 Google who has received a tip from a source familiar with the matter.

Duo, the video chat service that launched in 2016 alongside Allo, is still going strong and adds the ability to quickly leave a video message.

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. And after that it will be gone. Hangouts - as Google has already shared - will be split into two products Hangouts What and Hangouts Meet.

Google paused development on Allo eight months ago, noting that it hadn't gained the sort of traction the company was hoping for. "We're fully committed to supporting Hangouts users in the meantime", wrote Klainer. 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. The Google-owned IM app delivered features like Whisper/Shout functionality (increasing or decreasing the size of the text you're sending), Google Assistant integration, and Incognito chats.

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