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Google kills Allo sooner than it will kill(?) Hangouts

Google kills Allo sooner than it will kill(?) Hangouts

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, users will be able to export all of their existing conversation history from the app.

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

Allo, which launched back in 2016, will soon be no longer.

Hangouts precursor Google Talk lived on within Gmail for over a decade, only to be finally phased out in favor of Hangouts past year. Compared to Allo, RCS is poised to replace the traditional SMS system on Android devices.

Allo precursor Hangouts continues to be developed and supported by the company.

Another Google messaging app is dead. 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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While Google does plan to shut down Hangouts eventually, Johnston said that Google was also opening up two of its enterprise-only messaging apps- Hangouts Chat and Hangouts Meet-to its consumer user base, and users of Hangouts would be transitioned to these two apps.

For the dustbin: Hangouts Classic and Allo.

We also know that Hangouts classic will be going the same way the following year, with those users also moved to Hangouts Meet and Hangouts Chat, two services that are now enterprise-focused.

Meanwhile, Google will focus on Messages.

Google has found itself with an overwhelming number of messaging options as it seems to throw stuff at the wall, see what sticks and call it spaghetti. "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.