Google will shut down Allo next year

Google has confirmed that Allo's shutdown date is set for March 2019, though a specific date has not been revealed. Google has put up a post talking about all things messaging, and one of the details is that Allo will be no more after March of 2019. 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.

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As for Hangouts, the other unclear entry in Google's family of messaging apps, Google previously announced that it would "evolve" Hangouts into separate Hangout Chats and Hangouts Meet experiences for businesses. Messages, for now and for most people, is the default SMS app in many Android apps, and particularly so in Google's own Pixel phones. "Given Messages' continued momentum, we've chose to stop supporting Allo to focus on Messages", Klainer wrote on Thursday. Should Google decide to change Hangouts' fate, Hangouts users should be able to make use of Hangouts Chat. Initially released in the year 2016 on 21st September, the app couldn't gain much of popularity and Google has stopped investing in it from April this year. When Hangouts is shut down, Google can better diversify its messaging user base across its five remaining apps, I guess. We don't know how these enterprise apps will change to accommodate regular users, but we'll know more when the time comes for Google to kill off Hangouts Classic.

Meanwhile, Google will focus on Messages. Which messaging service do you use primarily? According to 9to5Google, we can soon expect Google to announce the beginning of the end for the company's short-lived chat app. "By refocusing on Messages and Duo for consumers and Hangouts Chat and Hangouts Meet for team collaboration, we're focused on delivering a simpler and more unified communications experience for all of you", writes Klainer.

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