Google says ciao to Allo

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While Allo is on the way out, Google is keeping Duo, its video-calling app, which added video messaging recently. In order to download all the chat history, open the Allo app, head to Settings Chat and then select either Export messages from chats or Export stored media from chats. He admitted then that "The product as a whole has not achieved the level of traction that we'd hoped for", though Google would keep supporting the app.

"Given Messages' continued momentum, we've chose to stop supporting Allo to focus on Messages", writes Google in a recent blog post. At that time it was still said that the work on the Allo messenger with integrated Google Assistant would only be paused. Google has been moving all of Allo's features over to the Android Messages app that is pre-installed on every Android smartphone, including the ability to send GIFs, and much more.

According to a report in TechCrunch, the move is not entirely surprising, given further investments in the app was already held back since April.

Following a few days of sheer confusion surrounding where Google will be taking its instant messaging services, Google released a statement confirming that Allo is not long for this world.

Google confirmed that it is shutting down the Allo app after March 2019.

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Promoting Duo and Messages.

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. Why not integrate the best parts of Duo, Messages, Allo, and Hangouts into one app, and focus on business-style communication in another? The forthcoming turn down of "Hangouts classic" may be more astonishing to the majority of its devoted users, be that as it may. Instead, users will receive Hangouts Hangouts Meet and Chat.

"Given Messages' continued momentum, we've made a decision to stop supporting Allo to focus on Messages".

TechCrunch notes that while RCS chat is different from Hangouts, the rebranded Hangouts for enterprises will look very similar to Slack.