Google has announced that Google Allo will be shut down which is launched just over two years ago. The decision comes after the company “paused investment in Allo” earlier this year, and brought its features to Messages — Google’s SMS-based messaging service for Android. If you’ve been trying to access Allo today, you probably were upset to find that an outage wasn’t letting messages go through and Google Assistant, which first launched on Allo, was not working either.
Google has confirmed it will be shutting down the Allo messaging app in March 2019. 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.
Allo was supposed to be a smarter messaging app, and came integrated with the Google Assistant as well. However earlier this year, Google had paused investment into the Allo app, and instead brought some of its features to Android Messages app, which included Smart Reply, GIFs, desktop support etc.
“Given Messages’ continued momentum, we’ve decided to stop supporting Allo to focus on Messages,” the company explained in the announcement.
Features such as desktop support, GIFs and Smart Reply have already moved from Allo to Messages.
“We’ve learned a lot from Allo, particularly what’s possible when you incorporate machine learning features, like the Google Assistant, into messaging,” Google also noted.
We want every single Android device to have a great default messaging experience. We’ve been working closely with the mobile industry to upgrade SMS so that people around the world can more easily enjoy group chats, share high-res photos, and get read receipts on any Android device.
Allo hasn’t been receiving attention from Google because several months ago, Google shifted development from Allo and Duo to focus on improving the Android Messages app going all in with RCS (Rich Service Communications), which is set to be the true successor to the outdated SMS (Short Message Service) default messaging service on Android.
In a blog post, Google said that “given Messages’ continued momentum, we’ve decided to stop supporting Allo to focus on Messages.” Allo will work only till March 2019, and until then users will be able to export all of the existing conversation history from the app.
Google’s help page notes that once Allo is no longer supported, which will be after March 2019, “All your Allo messages messages, including incognito messages, as well as your backups will be deleted. Until Allo is no longer supported, you can download your chats or media.”
About ALLO :
Google Allo is an instant messaging mobile app by Google for the Android and iOS mobile operating systems, with a web client available on Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Opera.
The app uses phone numbers as identifiers, and allows users to exchange messages, files, voice notes and images. It includes a virtual assistant, a feature that generates automatic reply suggestions, and an optional encrypted mode. Users can resize messages and add doodles and stickers on images before sending them.
Before launch, Google touted strong privacy in the app, with particular emphasis on messages stored “transiently and in non-identifiable form”. However, at launch, privacy was significantly rolled back, with Google now keeping logs of messages indefinitely (or until the user deletes messages) in an effort to improve the app’s “smart reply” feature.