Google confirms Allo will shutdown in March

Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are getting RCS'Chat on Verizon starting December 6

Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are getting RCS'Chat on Verizon starting December 6

Allo is the latest in a series of cross-platform messaging apps from Google to compete with the likes of Whats App and Facebook Messenger and offered consumer-facing features like stickers and encryption. According to a source familiar with the plan, Allo is poised to shut down shortly.

If youve been trying to access Allo today, you probably were upset to find that an outage wasnt letting messages go through and Google Assistant, which first launched on Allo, was not working either. Currently, Android Messages uses traditional SMS, for the most part. Furthermore, Google Duo is another high quality messaging app from Google which is one of the highest rated mobile application across iOS and Android as well.

Allo was designed as the next big thing in Android messaging apps, though it never lived up to its potential.

Meanwhile, on the instant messaging side, the firm now has Allo and Hangouts. Indeed, Google vice president Anil Sabharwal acknowledged as much about eight months ago in an interview, saying that the company would be putting a pause on additional investment into Allo.

Allo will continue to work through March 2019 and until then, you'll be able to export all of your existing conversation history from the app-here are instructions on how to do so. After ending its life entirely, the company will focus its energy on building Messages, the RCS-capable app that adds modern functionality to SMS on Android - kinda like Apple's iMessage.

"Given Messages' continued momentum, we've made a decision to stop supporting Allo to focus on Messages".

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. It'll keep its Duo video calling service around for the foreseeable future, though.

Android Messages and Duo will be a two-pronged attack. Some users are unable to "heart" posts while others are experiencing issues with undelivered messages.

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