The company is well known for introducing (and killing) new messaging services every few years so we're not surprised to see the death of Allo, but we hope that Google can finally nail a single messaging app.
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.
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.
Hangouts Chat and Meet will continue to be supported for enterprise users, but Google states that these apps will "be made available for existing Hangouts [Classic] users, too". After ending its life entirely, the company will focus its energy on building Messages, the RCS-capable app that adds modern functionality to SMS on Android - kinda like Apple's iMessage. "And by refocusing on Messages and Duo for consumers and Hangouts Chat and Hangouts Meet for team collaboration, we're focused on delivering a simpler and more unified communications experience for all of you".
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If you're using Allo, you can export your conversation history from the app until it closes down in March. Which messaging service do you use primarily? 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. Until that happens, Google is apparently "fully committed to supporting Hangouts users in the meantime". When Hangouts is shut down, Google can better diversify its messaging user base across its five remaining apps, I guess.
Duo, a video chat app, also survives for now.
The company also talked more about the future of Duo and Hangouts.