Google Allo Is Shutting Down: Here's How to Save Your Chat History

The other report I referenced at the start of this involved Allo, Google's never-popular-because-it-had-major-flaws messaging app. After the company announced Allo development had been "paused" back in April, a new report claims the app will be completely discontinued.

Google made a decision to refocus its efforts into investing in RCS - a carrier supported messaging system that can be used on every device which supports SMS.

For now, Hangouts is alive and as buggy as ever, with no plans for that to change just yet. According to a source familiar with the plan, Allo is poised to shut down shortly. Here's to hoping that more Verizon phones get it soon. The app has slowly decayed over time. The likelihood of a fix seems low, considering that the entire Allo team was moved to work on Android Messages and spent the last several months porting over much of Allo's features and functionality to an RCS-based iteration of Android Messages.

There is some good news to glean from these apps being shut down. With Hangouts and Allo out of the way, Google may finally have a straightforward approach to messaging. 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 will continue to work through March 2019 and until then, youll be able to export all of your existing conversation history from the app—We've learned a lot from Allo, particularly whats possible when you incorporate machine learning features, like the Google Assistant, into messaging.
Google states that many of Allo's best features have made their way to Messages, and that they've chose to "stop supporting Allo to focus on Messages". It'll keep its Duo video calling service around for the foreseeable future, though.

A few days after reports emerged that Google is going to kill Hangouts chat app, which has millions of users, the company is trying to clear air about what it is doing to all those gazillion chat apps it has. We know that's happening, we just don't know when.

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