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Google is shutting down its Allo messaging service

06 December, 2018, 14:27 | Author: Tara Roberts
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Google revealed yesterday that it will shut down Allo, a messaging service that it launched in September 2016 alongside Duo, a video messaging service. We've learned a lot from Allo, particularly what's possible when you incorporate machine learning features, like the Google Assistant, into messaging.

The team behind development on Allo was reportedly moved to focus on the Chat platform, headed up by Anil Sabharwal, now Vice President, Chrome, Comms and Photos + Australia Site Lead, at the time of the announcement. In March 2019, all Allo messages and backups will be deleted.

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. Select Settings Chat Export messages from chats or Export stored media from chats, and select where to store them. Until, that is, Google changes course on the messaging front yet again down the line.

Hangouts, rumored to be shut down for consumers, will live on according to Google. It'll keep its Duo video calling service around for the foreseeable future, though.

Following the footsteps of a certain fruit-based competitor, Google is putting all their eggs in the Android Messages basket. Hangouts - as Google has already shared - will be split into two products Hangouts What and Hangouts Meet. With it, you get features like typing indicators, read receipts, group chats, the ability to send large attachments, and more, and it's all built into the Messages app that comes with your phone.

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Allo, which faced tough competition from the get-go, was not a bad application.

Google was criticized by privacy advocates for storing messages in a way that would allow the company access to them; this opened the door for law enforcement requests who would then gain access to a user's chat history on legal request as well.

Ever since its final update, several Allo users have complained of bugs and broken functionality.

Update 12/5/18 at 9:20PM ET: Google has confirmed that Allo will be discontinued and that the focus on enterprise for Hangouts will continue.

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