Google Allo Joins Other Dead Products List, to Stop After March 2019

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As we've all been expecting over the past year, Google is killing off its Allo cross-platform messaging service.

This new Allo report comes from sources familiar with the situation at 9to5Google.

As we talked about earlier, Allo stopped getting attention from Google back in April as the team was pulled off of its development and put onto Android Messages. In this case, many of Allos features were ported to Android Messages, the default SMS and soon-to-be RCS client on Android phones. Despite being a generally competent messaging app, Allo had nothing to draw users to it initially - and Google had no strategy to compensate this. It hasn't received a major update in nearly one year and most of the Allo team has been moved to Android Messages. Not that Google likely minds much, since it's trying to build up a head of steam in support of yet another messaging effort - RCS chat.

We will continue to track the story of Allo and Hangouts' future.

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.

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Following the footsteps of a certain fruit-based competitor, Google is putting all their eggs in the Android Messages basket.

Incidentally, changes are also afoot as far as Hangouts is concerned, but Google denies that it is going away.

"Given Messages' continued momentum, we've made a decision to stop supporting Allo to focus on Messages".

The last time Allo was updated on Android is January and the app has already shown signs of aging with bugs and Google Drive restore is borked. Today, Google is confirming that in March 2019, Allo will no longer work.

Duo, the video calling application, lives on as well and won't suffer the same fade as Allo. Some users are unable to "heart" posts while others are experiencing issues with undelivered messages.

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