Sunday, 16 December, 2018

Google Shutting Down Allo Messaging App, Focusing Instead on Messages and Duo

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Allo was launched back in in 2016 along with the Duo video-calling app, but it has failed to live up to the hype and did not prove much of a comeback for Google in the messaging space. It will only be available on the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, but Verizon is "committed to bringing advanced messaging to other Verizon smartphones in the future", says the report. The faster sharing method according to Google, starts with a swipe down on the app's homsecreen. The post also announced that Allo, which had its development "paused " earlier this year in favor of Messages, would be shut down in March 2019.

Additionally, Google also said it is not shutting down Google Hangouts, but it is replacing the classic version.

Google says that it is "focused on delivering a simpler and more unified communications experience", but the sheer number of options it continues to offer at the moment would suggest otherwise.

Rather than viewing Allo as the mistake and waste of time that many people saw it as, Google appears to view the service as a testing ground for features.

After the rumours of Allo being killed off surfaced yesterday, Google has confirmed the death knell for the messaging service saying it will "continue to work through March 2019". The instant messaging arena is just not Google's game to play, and the internet giant has once again provided a confirmation of that itself. This year, the company launched the video chat for iPad, Android tablets, Chromebooks and smart displays. But unlike Android Messages, to have a convo in Allo, all participants had to be using Allo.

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The new video sharing feature will prompt you to swipe down to record a message.

Yesterday, we reported that Google was rumoured to be shutting down Allo pretty soon.

Recall that recently Google announced the closure of Hangouts and its replacement by Allo.

Google had originally hoped that the more "kooky" elements of Allo would make it appeal to millenials, leaving Hangouts to take on a more organisational role for communicating between colleagues.

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