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

Joanna Estrada
December 6, 2018

Google paused development on Allo eight months ago, noting that it hadn't gained the sort of traction the company was hoping for. The original article follows.

"Verizon and Google will be rolling out enhanced messaging (RCS) in the Messages app on Google Pixel 3 and Google Pixel 3 XL beginning this Thursday, December 6th". 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. This news comes just a few days after a report claimed Hangouts would also be on the chopping block. In fact, 9to5Google claims that Google may have meant to announce the end of Allo sooner, but pushed it back when news leaked about its plans for Hangouts.

The company first launched Google Allo back in 2016, offering some interesting functionality for the time. Furthermore, Google Duo is another high quality messaging app from Google which is one of the highest rated mobile application across iOS and Android as well. The app has slowly decayed over time. It hasn't received a major update in nearly one year and most of the Allo team has been moved to Android Messages.

There is some good news to glean from these apps being shut down.

And about that word: "plan" - it seemed that was always something lacking relative to Google's fractured and disparate messaging-related properties, such that it's never had one single strong product that could credibly rival something like iMessage. Up next for the app are "more quality improvements based on machine learning that make video calls with Duo simple and reliable".

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

Following a report from 9to5Google about Google Allo's possible fate, Google released a blog post about the future of Allo, Duo, and Android Messages. - Given Messages continued momentum, weve made a decision to stop supporting Allo to focus on Messages. Today the company announced an easier way to send video messages to your contacts.

The blog post also mentions that Hangouts Meet and Chat will eventually become available to all users, and the company is "fully committed to supporting Hangouts users in the meantime". We know that's happening, we just don't know when.

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