Google will shut down Allo next year

Ceria Alfonso
Diciembre 7, 2018

Google, a leading technology giant based in California has made it official that it is shutting down the less-popular Google Allo chat app.

When they are shut down, Allo and Hangouts will join Google Talk, Google Spaces, Google Wave, Google+ Messenger, and Google Buzz in the graveyard of former Google messaging apps. The former will export only the messages, while the latter will include media like photos, videos, and other files.

Hangouts precursor Google Talk lived on within Gmail for over a decade, only to be finally phased out in favor of Hangouts a year ago.

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

For its part, Google knows it needs to simplify things. In a company blog post, Google vice president of consumer communications products Matt Klainer writes about what's next.

We want every single Android device to have a great default messaging experience.

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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. The company has chose to can its venture Allo by March 2019.

We built Duo, our simple, high-quality video calling app, so you never miss a moment with the people who matter most.

Today's announcement does a certain amount to change all that, but still leaves Messaging, Duo and Hangouts doing more or less the same job in a different way.

Additionally, Google will also be replacing the classic version of Hangouts.

But this is far from being the only messaging tool to come from the Google stable. At least, that's what the company is saying.

"Earlier this year we paused investment in Allo and brought some of its most-loved features-like Smart Reply, GIFs and desktop support-into Messages", the blog post reads.

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