Google's chat plans: Kill Allo, upgrade Duo and invest in Messages

Google confirms Allo will shutdown in March - news

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

It is an enhanced texting experience, pretty much like other services similar to WhatsApp, complete with typing indicators, read receipts, the ability to send high-quality photos and videos, as well as improved group chat. 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.

Google Allo, the messaging app it launched back in September 2016, is being shut down. He admitted then that "The product as a whole has not achieved the level of traction that we'd hoped for", though Google would keep supporting the app.

In March of a year ago, we announced plans to evolve classic Hangouts to focus on two experiences that help bring teams together: Hangouts Chat and Hangouts Meet. He says that Hangouts is not going to be killed, at least not for all, but Allo is definitely dying.

Therefore, Google is focusing on their core chatting app also known as Messages, which is the RCS-capable app that adds modern functionality to SMS on Android iMessages. Google has a habit of waiting until people get comfortable with a new app or service, then letting it languish for a few years, and finally killing it.

Google's announcement of its quintuple-app strategy comes on the heels of a report from 9to5Google, which claimed that Google Hangouts would shut down sometime in 2020.

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Google confirmed that it is shutting down the Allo app after March 2019.

Google has found itself with an overwhelming number of messaging options as it seems to throw stuff at the wall, see what sticks and call it spaghetti.

Google Allo vs. iMessage: Which one does it best?

If you're using Allo, you can export your conversation history from the app until it closes down in March. So it should come as no surprise that Google is looking to get rid of Allo, and it is being replaced by Android Messages, unsurprisingly. Moving all existing users over to Hangouts Chat and the video conferencing app Hangouts Meet. These are mainly focused on team collaboration for G Suite customers and will be available for Hangout users also.

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