Allo, goodbye: Google is killing off the messaging app

Verizon Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL to get RCS chat on December 6

Well, do you still use Google Allo service? The original article follows.

As mentioned, Allo will continue to work till March 2019, and before that users are advised to export all of their chat history from the app.

Google chose to refocus its efforts into investing in RCS - a carrier supported messaging system that can be used on every device which supports SMS. Here's to hoping that more Verizon phones get it soon.

After a couple of new reports attempted to share Google's timeline for shuffling around its messaging apps, possibly killing a couple of them, the company made a decision to explain their plans in their own words. The app has slowly decayed over time.

There is some good news to glean from these apps being shut down.

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More than 175 million Android users use Messages already according to Google. Not that Google likely minds much, since it's trying to build up a head of steam in support of yet another messaging effort - RCS chat. Similarly, Duo is a dead simple video chatting app that comes pre-loaded on many devices. We can expect the news via a blog post, which has been delayed owing to the faux Hangouts shutdown rumours. One thing seems to be sure: if you use either of these apps, it's time to switch to something else. Today, Google is confirming that in March 2019, Allo will no longer work. If you want to save any of your Allo conversations, you can export them through these instructions. 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". The company promises they will continue to improve the service with features that utilize machine learning.

As for Hangouts, the venerable chat app that launched with Google+, the company basically confirmed it would go away at some point last week, with users being "upgraded" to the Hangouts Chat and Hangouts Meet services now available for businesses.

Incidentally, changes are also afoot as far as Hangouts is concerned, but Google denies that it is going away. We know that's happening, we just don't know when. Those are the only phones on Verizon that'll get RCS for now, but Verizon does say that it plans to expand the feature to more phones "in the future". Some users are unable to "heart" posts while others are experiencing issues with undelivered messages.

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