There has been a whirlwind of rumors about Google's message strategy in recent days. First, we heard that Hangouts could…
There has been a whirlwind of rumors about Google’s message strategy in recent days. First, we heard that Hangouts could be turned off, with a Google Product Manager claiming the claims, then a report came out that Allo is also turned off. Google has now published a blog post to set the record straight, and it seems that the rumors were most true.
The message largely explains what we already assumed was true ̵
1; the company focuses on Android Messages and Duo for consumers and Hangouts Chat and meet for business. Google finally confirmed that Allo is leaving, with the closing date at the end of March 2019:
In view of Messages continuing speed, we have decided to stop supporting Allo to focus on messages.
Allo will continue to work in March 2019 and until then you can export all your existing conversation history from the app. Here are instructions on how to do it. We have learned a lot from Allo, especially when you integrate machine learning features, such as Google Assistant, to messages.
The blog post also mentions that Hangouts Meet and Chat will be available to all users and the company is “fully committed to supporting Hangouts users in the meantime.”