Published: Thu, December 06, 2018
IT | By Lester Massey

Google is shutting down its Allo messaging service

Google is shutting down its Allo messaging service

Now, Chat and Meet are already available for enterprise users, but Google is working on getting them ready for consumers too sometime in 2019.

Google will announce that it's shutting down the shortlived Google Allo chat app "soon", according to a reliable source familiar with the plan, although the timeline of the announcement may have been delayed by the backlash stemming from our report about "Hangouts classic" being shuttered.

RCS is a big upgrade over the text messaging that many of us have become accustomed to. Furthermore, Google Duo is another high quality messaging app from Google which is one of the highest rated mobile application across iOS and Android as well. The likelihood of a fix seems low, considering that the entire Allo team was moved to work on Android Messages and spent the last several months porting over much of Allo's features and functionality to an RCS-based iteration of Android Messages.

With Android Messages Chat, you're no longer limited to 160 characters.

Meanwhile, on the instant messaging side, the firm now has Allo and Hangouts. Google states that many of Allo's best features have made their way to Messages, and that they've chose to "stop supporting Allo to focus on Messages". 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.

Allo will continue to work through March 2019 and until then, you'll be able to export all of your existing conversation history from the app-here are instructions on how to do so.

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

Google Duo, the video calling counterpart to Allo, is sticking around.

Incidentally, changes are also afoot as far as Hangouts is concerned, but Google denies that it is going away. Some users are unable to "heart" posts while others are experiencing issues with undelivered messages.

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