Google kills Allo sooner than it will kill(?) Hangouts

Ruben Fields
December 6, 2018

On the blog post, the Tech Giant mentioned that they want every Android device to have a great messaging experience and they have been working closely with mobile industry to upgrade SMS so that its users around the globe can enjoy the services like group chats, read receipts or shirring high-resolution photos like WhatsApp. 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. 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.

Another Google messaging app is dead.

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.

Hangouts Chat and Meet will continue to be supported for enterprise users, but Google states that these apps will "be made available for existing Hangouts [Classic] users, too".

"Given Messages' continued momentum, we've chose to stop supporting Allo to focus on Messages". Should Google decide to change Hangouts' fate, Hangouts users should be able to make use of Hangouts Chat.

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

If you're using Allo, you can export your conversation history from the app until it closes down in March.

The announcement mostly reiterates what we already assumed was true - the company is focusing on Android Messages and Duo for consumers, and Hangouts Chat and Meet for businesses. It'll someday bring powerful RCS messaging services to most of us.

Allo users in the months since have also reportedly been getting met with various bugs and broken features.

If you're still using Allo and need something else, check out our chat app roundup below.

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