Published: Thu, December 06, 2018
Technology | By Lionel Gonzales

Google Allo to Get the Axe Soon, According to Sources

Google Allo to Get the Axe Soon, According to Sources

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

Google revealed yesterday that it will shut down Allo, a messaging service that it launched in September 2016 alongside Duo, a video messaging service. 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.

After "pausing investment" in its smart messaging app Allo back in April, Google has now announced that it will stop supporting Allo altogether. "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.

And about that word: "plan" - it seemed that was always something lacking relative to Google's fractured and disparate messaging-related properties, such that it's never had one single strong product that could credibly rival something like iMessage.

RCS is a big upgrade over the text messaging that many of us have become accustomed to.

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Following the footsteps of a certain fruit-based competitor, Google is putting all their eggs in the Android Messages basket.

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.

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.

"Given Messages' continued momentum, we've chose to stop supporting Allo to focus on Messages", the company added.

Google has also said that it will be changing the classic hangout to hangout chats and hangout meets on both mobile and desktop. You do need to be chatting with someone else who has RCS to get these features, though, so you Verizon Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL owners may not see these features in all your messaging threads right away.

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