Google is shutting down Allo by March 2019

Google Hangouts Chat RCS

Google Hangouts Chat RCS

The tech giant announced in a blog post that it's ending support for the messaging app next March.

While Allo is on the way out, Google is keeping Duo, its video-calling app, which added video messaging recently.

If youve been trying to access Allo today, you probably were upset to find that an outage wasnt letting messages go through and Google Assistant, which first launched on Allo, was not working either. As the original article notes, there has been no activity from Google to update the platform or address a myriad of user problems, and the developer lead has left Google and moved on to Facebook. Thanks to partnerships with over 40 carriers and device makers, over 175 million of you are now using Messages, our messaging app for Android phones, every month. Despite its promise, the app never gained traction and seeing it shuttered would be unsurprising. Users will be able to export their existing conversation history from the app before the service shuts down.

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Google didn't dispute this in any of their clarifications, only acknowledging that they'll soon offer Hangouts users the chance to use Hangouts Chat, which is now only available to G Suite customers as more of a collaboration tool. "Given Messages' continued momentum, we've chose to stop supporting Allo to focus on Messages", Klainer wrote on Thursday.

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With Android Messages Chat, you're no longer limited to 160 characters. Hangouts - as Google has already shared - will be split into two products Hangouts What and Hangouts Meet. With the eventual rollout of RCS messaging for Android devices, Google is likely putting all of its resources into Messages, setting it as the primary messaging app from the company.

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.

RCS is a big upgrade over the text messaging that many of us have become accustomed to.

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

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