Google will shut down Allo next year

06 December, 2018, 19:41 | Author: Leah Owens
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The tech giant announced in a blog post that it's ending support for the messaging app next March.

"We built Google Allo, a smart messaging app, to help you get more done in your chats and express yourself more easily", Google vice president Matt Klainer explains. As for Android Messages, over 175 million users are on the service every month, and Google has partnered with over 40 carriers and device makers to make the experience better. 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.

"Given Messages' continued momentum, we've made a decision to stop supporting Allo to focus on Messages", writes Google in a recent blog post. Users can find media from the app they already downloaded in the Google Allo folder within the Google Photos app. Google provides more information and instructions here.

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Additionally, Google also said it is not shutting down Google Hangouts, but it is replacing the classic version.

Google is working to bring a "great default messaging experience" to Android, the company says - one that can suitably be called an Apple iMessage equivalent. - Given Messages continued momentum, weve chose to stop supporting Allo to focus on Messages. Users have the ability to export all of their Allo conversation history by entering the app's menu, then tapping Settings.

We also know that Hangouts classic will be going the same way the following year, with those users also moved to Hangouts Meet and Hangouts Chat, two services that are now enterprise-focused. Before it's fully offered up to Hangouts users, it'll first open up an opportunity for G Suite users to invite people outside of their organizations. According to 9to5Google, we can soon expect Google to announce the beginning of the end for the company's short-lived chat app. This news comes just a few days after a report claimed Hangouts would also be on the chopping block.

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