Confirmed] Google Allo may be shutting down after development halted months ago


In March 2019, all Allo messages and backups will be deleted. It is common knowledge that Google's range of messaging apps is a hot mess, with features scattered across several platforms. According to a source familiar with the plan, Allo is poised to shut down shortly.

Back in April, Google paused investment in Allo, and transferred its entire workforce to other projects and shifted all resources to the Android Messages team. It'll someday bring powerful RCS messaging services to most of us.

The instant messaging app never took off the way Google would've hoped. It hasn't received a major update in nearly one year and most of the Allo team has been moved to Android Messages. Well, do you still use Google Allo service? With it, you get features like typing indicators, read receipts, group chats, the ability to send large attachments, and more, and it's all built into the Messages app that comes with your phone.

Meanwhile, on the instant messaging side, the firm now has Allo and Hangouts. 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.

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Allo will continue to work through March 2019 and until then, youll be able to export all of your existing conversation history from the app—We've learned a lot from Allo, particularly whats possible when you incorporate machine learning features, like the Google Assistant, into messaging.
"Given Messages' continued momentum, we've made a decision to stop supporting Allo to focus on Messages", Klainer wrote on Thursday.

Duo, the video calling application, lives on as well and won't suffer the same fade as Allo. Google also at one point left some people wondering if Allo would be the intended successor to Google Hangouts' consumer usage, though of course that is being sunset, too.

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Meanwhile, Google will focus on Messages.