Google, a leading technology giant based in California has made it official that it is shutting down the less-popular Google Allo chat app. Thanks to partnerships with over 40 carriers and device makers, over 175 million of you are now using Messages, our messaging app for Android phones, every month.
Google said users have largely switched to Android Messages, its default messaging app which integrates SMS, MMS, and Rich Communications Services (RCS). - Given Messages continued momentum, weve chose to stop supporting Allo to focus on Messages. Users will be able to export their existing conversation history from the app before the service shuts down.
Update 12/5/18 at 9:20PM ET: Google has confirmed that Allo will be discontinued and that the focus on enterprise for Hangouts will continue. 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. It does seem that Hangouts is being focused more on team collaboration rather than normal chat, and Messages may take over the latter goal.
Australia's bowlers face heavier burden against India
The last time India toured Australia for a Test series was in 2014-15, when the tourists went down 2-0 in the four-Test series. In the video, Kohli is seen ducking bouncers and dispatching imperious cover drives in Adelaide . "Ashwin is a clever bowler".
Google had originally hoped that the more "kooky" elements of Allo would make it appeal to millenials, leaving Hangouts to take on a more organisational role for communicating between colleagues. Until that happens, Google is apparently "fully committed to supporting Hangouts users in the meantime". Weve 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.
Duo, a video chat app, also survives for now.