Google Allo Says "Goodbye" Today

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While Google is also preparing to close down Google+ next month, Allo is going out of service today, March 12, 2019. The mobile messaging service was hotly anticipated when it came out in 2016, but the slow addition of features and oversaturation of the messaging ecosystem doomed the app. Allo's Help Page walks you through the process, which we've added for you here for convenience.

Allo used phone numbers as a login, similar to WhatsApp. The exported messages are stored in CSV file format and includes details like Conversation name, ID, sender, message type, and message content. Google addressed some of that with updates, but they were slow to arrive.

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Allo now joins Hangouts, Google+ and Inbox by Gmail in the Google graveyard. At the time, Google was in the midst of announcing a reorganisation of its entire messaging platform strategy, which is a mess. It didn't technically kill Allo at that time, but it "paused" investment. To do so, you must have the latest version of Allo. After opening the Allo app, head over to Menu and then tap on Settings. To get photos, videos, or any other files shared on Allo, you will have to use the media export option. The media exports are saved in a ZIP file. The app will stop working at the end of the day, and your unsaved data will most likely vanish.

The company's plan is to focus instead on its Google Duo video-call app and Messages, as well as Hangouts Chat and Meet for G Suite customers. Google continues to invest in Duo, which recently got support for web video chat.