Google is shutting down Allo, to no one’s surprise

Google Hangouts Chat RCS

But the blog post from Google's Matt Klainer, who is vice president of consumer communications products, only adds to the confusion.

In a turn of events pretty much everyone outside of Google saw coming, the search giant is apparently poised to wind down its Google Allo messaging app, with an announcement coming "soon".

Allo was announced back at Google I/O 2016 and many were confused by the app from the start. Instead, Google will shift its focus to Android Messages, and bringing new features to the app, to make the SMS experience more efficient.

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Allo users can use the application until March 2019 and export their chat history using instructions posted here. 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. 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". And after that it will be gone. Verizon confirmed its support for Google's RCS and promised to introduce support for the service starting early 2019. We don't know how these enterprise apps will change to accommodate regular users, but we'll know more when the time comes for Google to kill off Hangouts Classic. The Google plan it seems is to kill the current version of Hangouts and fold its features into two new apps called Hangouts Chat and Hangouts Meet.

"Hangouts Chat and Meet are primarily focused on team collaboration for G Suite customers and at some point will be made available for existing Hangouts users, too".

Android Messages and Duo. 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. "We've been working closely with the mobile industry to upgrade SMS so that people around the world can more easily enjoy group chats, share high-res photos, and get read receipts on any Android device", says Klainer. The Google-owned IM app delivered features like Whisper/Shout functionality (increasing or decreasing the size of the text you're sending), Google Assistant integration, and Incognito chats.

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