Google Says Goodbye to Allo

Judy Cobb
December 6, 2018

Well, this news is not entirely surprising as the fact that Google had already stopped the investment for Allo since April 2016.

Google has found itself with an overwhelming number of messaging options as it seems to throw stuff at the wall, see what sticks and call it spaghetti. 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.

If you thought that Google's quagmire of instant messaging services was confusing, you're out to be even more confused.

Google admits that Allo hasn't proved as successful as it hoped, with Anil Sabharwal, VP of Product at Google, having revealed that it holds fewer than 50 million users, so the closure doesn't come as a complete shock.

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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. Messages, for now and for most people, is the default SMS app in many Android apps, and particularly so in Google's own Pixel phones. - Given Messages continued momentum, weve made a decision to stop supporting Allo to focus on Messages.

It's highly likely the 9to5Google source who informed the publication about the end of Hangouts Classic is the same source informing it about the end of Google Allo. "Allo will continue to work through March 2019". Until that happens, Google is apparently "fully committed to supporting Hangouts users in the meantime".

Original article, December 5 2018: If for some reason you're still using Google Allo, you might not be able to use it for much longer. These are mainly focused on team collaboration for G Suite customers and will be available for Hangout users also.

Meanwhile, Google will focus on Messages. The good news is that things might make a bit more sense at some point in the future.

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