Goodbye to Allo: Google confirms it will shutter its short-lived messaging app

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"Given Messages' continued momentum, we've chose to stop supporting Allo to focus on Messages", the company added.

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. If you want to save any of your Allo conversations, you can export them through these instructions.

For now, Hangouts is alive and as buggy as ever, with no plans for that to change just yet. Allo was paused as the company put more focus on Android Messages and the "Chat" RCS-based standard. First we heard that Hangouts might be shutting down, with a Google product lead refuting the claims, then a report came out that Allo is also shutting down.

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.

Allo was designed as the next big thing in Android messaging apps, though it never lived up to its potential. The tech giant announced in a blog post that it's ending support for the messaging app next March.

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With Android Messages Chat, you're no longer limited to 160 characters.

Google Duo, the video calling counterpart to Allo, is sticking around. The company promises they will continue to improve the service with features that utilize machine learning.

A few days after reports emerged that Google is going to kill Hangouts chat app, which has millions of users, the company is trying to clear air about what it is doing to all those gazillion chat apps it has.

After the rumours of Hangouts demise began circulating this past weekend, it seems Google is also looking at their other instant messaging client with thoughts of shuttering it as well. These are just some of the new enterprise features coming for Google's G Suite customers, with more to come in the future. Enter your email to be subscribed to our newsletter.

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