Google shutting down Allo, where Google Assistant made its debut

Google confirms Allo will shutdown in March - GSMArena.com news

"Given Messages' continued momentum, we've made a decision to stop supporting Allo to focus on Messages", writes Google in a recent blog post.

This year we launched Duo support for iPad, Android Tablet, Chromebook, and Smart Displays, giving you more flexibility to make calls from your favorite devices. The company has confirmed that the reason for shutdown is that the Allo app has not achieved the level of traction as much Google hoped for it. Qualcomm Technology Summit 2018: OnePlus Could Release First Commerical 5G Smartphone with Snapdragon 845 SoC By First Half of 2019. In March 2019, all Allo messages and backups will be deleted.

Hangouts, which is the consumer messaging app you may have adopted years ago and is attached to your Google account, is going to die at some point down the road. In a way, this should provide some clarity on the current state of Google's messaging app ecosystem and which apps you'll want to pay the most attention to.

Allo precursor Hangouts continues to be developed and supported by the company. However, the sense here is that Google is carefully using the words that is letting it deny the coming demise of Hangouts, but Hangouts users will definitely find the app changed significantly by the end of the year.

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The blog post also mentions that Hangouts Meet and Chat will eventually become available to all users, and the company is "fully committed to supporting Hangouts users in the meantime".

Allo joins Hangouts "Classic" on the scrapheap, after it was revealed that Google is working towards moving people on to the newer Hangouts Meet and Hangouts Chat apps. And unlike with Allo, Google says it is seeing "strong engagement across both Android and iOS".

Regarding Hangouts Meet, the company recently launched the ability to organize meetings with up to 100 participants, making it easier for businesses to use.

Duo, a video chat app, also survives for now.

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