Google confirms Allo will shutdown in March

Ever since, the company has introduced popular features of Allo like Smart Reply, GIFs, and desktop support to Android Messages, and in a blog post published on Wednesday, Google has now confirmed the demise of Allo altogether. To cut down to five apps, Google will eventually shut down Hangouts and Google Allo, while Messages, Hangouts Chat, Hangouts Meet, Duo, and Google Voice would continue to be supported.

When they are shut down, Allo and Hangouts will join Google Talk, Google Spaces, Google Wave, Google+ Messenger, and Google Buzz in the graveyard of former Google messaging apps.

Android Messages and Duo. 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.

In a turn of events pretty much everyone outside of Google saw coming, the search giant is apparently poised to wind down its Google Allo messaging app, with an announcement coming "soon".

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The company said in a statement that, "We've learned a lot from Allo, particularly what's possible when you incorporate machine learning features, like the Google Assistant, into messaging". After the company announced Allo development had been "paused" back in April, a new report claims the app will be completely discontinued. Google also at one point left some people wondering if Allo would be the intended successor to Google Hangouts' consumer usage, though of course that is being sunset, too.

"Given Messages' continued momentum, we've made a decision to stop supporting Allo to focus on Messages". Users will be able to export their existing conversation history from the app before the service shuts down. Today the company announced an easier way to send video messages to your contacts. These are mainly focused on team collaboration for G Suite customers and will be available for Hangout users also.

Google didn't dispute this in any of their clarifications, only acknowledging that they'll soon offer Hangouts users the chance to use Hangouts Chat, which is now only available to G Suite customers as more of a collaboration tool. Until that happens, Google is apparently "fully committed to supporting Hangouts users in the meantime".

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