Google is getting rid of its Allo messaging app for good

Alfred Osborne
December 6, 2018

Google didn't dispute this in any of their clarifications, only acknowledging that they'll soon offer Hangouts users the chance to use Hangouts Chat, which is now only available to G Suite customers as more of a collaboration tool.

In parallel, we built Google Allo, a smart messaging app, to help you get more done in your chats and express yourself more easily. - Given Messages continued momentum, weve chose to stop supporting Allo to focus on Messages. With so much competition for instant messaging apps available like Facebook, Telegram, WhatsApp, WeChat, and Line – just to name a few, it doesnt make sense for Google to pursue Allos success when Android “Chat” and RCS is just around the corner. "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", the company added.

Allo development, as slow as it was, has been on hold since Google announced they were re-focusing their messaging efforts on the Rich Communications Services (RCS) powered "Chat" platform in their Android Messages app back in April. And after that it will be gone.

Update 12/5/18 at 9:20PM ET: Google has confirmed that Allo will be discontinued and that the focus on enterprise for Hangouts will continue. The Google plan it seems is to kill the current version of Hangouts and fold its features into two new apps called Hangouts Chat and Hangouts Meet.

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However, now it is not clear if all Hangouts users - and many of them are regular users who just have a Google account and aren't part of G Suite base - will get access to the Hangouts Chat and Meet or if it will be restricted to G Suite users.

With Android Messages Chat, you're no longer limited to 160 characters. With the eventual rollout of RCS messaging for Android devices, Google is likely putting all of its resources into Messages, setting it as the primary messaging app from the company.

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