Google is shutting down its Allo messaging service

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

Allo will continue to work through March 2019 and until then, youll be able to export all of your existing conversation history from the app—We've learned a lot from Allo, particularly whats possible when you incorporate machine learning features, like the Google Assistant, into messaging.

Allo was announced back at Google I/O 2016 and many were confused by the app from the start. In March 2019, all Allo messages and backups will be deleted. Within Settings, users need to tap Chat Export messages from chats and Export stored media from chats.

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It's highly likely the 9to5Google source who informed the publication about the end of Hangouts Classic is the same source informing it about the end of Google Allo. Which messaging service do you use primarily?

Google's big bet this time is on Messages, a chat experience based on RCS that the company builds into the Android device to position it as a direct competitor to Apple's iMessage. On the other hand, Google's video calling app Duo has been doing fairly well, and the completely doesn't plan to stop development on it.

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The company also talked more about the future of Duo and Hangouts. With features including read receipts, file sharing, group messages, and typing indicators, consumers could be lured away from the likes of WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger and onto RCS Chat, which is set to replace SMS on Android phones.

Numerous features in Allo have been implemented in Google Messages, like Smart Reply and GIF support, and the Allo team will not focus on the Messages app. SMS and online messaging can't exactly be compared, but we hope that Google is working on something special. Before it's fully offered up to Hangouts users, it'll first open up an opportunity for G Suite users to invite people outside of their organizations. As for Android Messages, over 175 million users are on the service every month, and Google has partnered with over 40 carriers and device makers to make the experience better. We know that's happening, we just don't know when.

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