Google is shutting down Allo by March 2019

Donna Miller
December 6, 2018

Their internet-based messaging service aka Allo has been all but abandoned after Anil Sabharwal, Vice President of Product at Google, said that the company was "pausing investment" in the application.

In parallel, we built Google Allo, a smart messaging app, to help you get more done in your chats and express yourself more easily. According to a source familiar with the plan, Allo is poised to shut down shortly. Many U.S. carriers have already announced plans to embrace RCS and some even added support for the messaging service to a couple of phones.

Allo was announced back at Google I/O 2016 and many were confused by the app from the start.

There has been a whirlwind of rumors around Google's messaging strategy over the past few days. It hasn't received a major update in nearly one year and most of the Allo team has been moved to Android Messages.

Meanwhile, Google will focus on Messages.

Meanwhile, on the instant messaging side, the firm now has Allo and Hangouts.

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On the blog post, the Tech Giant mentioned that they want every Android device to have a great messaging experience and they have been working closely with mobile industry to upgrade SMS so that its users around the globe can enjoy the services like group chats, read receipts or shirring high-resolution photos like WhatsApp. Google states that many of Allo's best features have made their way to Messages, and that they've chose to "stop supporting Allo to focus on Messages".

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.

Original article, December 5 2018: If for some reason you're still using Google Allo, you might not be able to use it for much longer.

Google Duo, the video calling counterpart to Allo, is sticking around.

After the rumours of Hangouts demise began circulating this past weekend, it seems Google is also looking at their other instant messaging client with thoughts of shuttering it as well.

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