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Allo, goodbye: Google is killing off the messaging app

Allo, goodbye: Google is killing off the messaging app

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Hopefully once all this is over we'll have some sort of instant messaging system that makes sense rather than the plethora of options Google now makes us all suffer.

Google was criticized by privacy advocates for storing messages in a way that would allow the company access to them; this opened the door for law enforcement requests who would then gain access to a user's chat history on legal request as well. Google is working hard on carrier support for RCS, so it comes up to par with Apple's iMessages. The good news is that things might make a bit more sense at some point in the future. And unlike with Allo, Google says it is seeing "strong engagement across both Android and iOS". Google could push back the announcement to avoid more bad press about killing apps, which is something the company gets a lot of flack for.

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"We built Google Allo, a smart messaging app, to help you get more done in your chats and express yourself more easily", Google vice president Matt Klainer explains. It hasn't received a major update in nearly one year and most of the Allo team has been moved to Android Messages.

We want every single Android device to have a great default messaging experience. - Given Messages continued momentum, weve chose to stop supporting Allo to focus on Messages.

If you're still using Allo and need something else, check out our chat app roundup below. The tech giant announced in a blog post that it's ending support for the messaging app next March. "Allo will continue to work through March 2019". 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. The company promises they will continue to improve the service with features that utilize machine learning. Until that happens, Google is apparently "fully committed to supporting Hangouts users in the meantime". We know that's happening, we just don't know when. When Hangouts is shut down, Google can better diversify its messaging user base across its five remaining apps, I guess.