Google is shutting down Allo by March 2019

Verizon Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL to get RCS chat on December 6

However, the sense here is that Google is carefully using the words that is letting it deny the coming demise of Hangouts, but Hangouts users will definitely find the app changed significantly by the end of the year. The original article follows.

Google is trying to push RCS (Rich Communication Services) globally and make the messaging solution available to all Android users. In this case, many of Allos features were ported to Android Messages, the default SMS and soon-to-be RCS client on Android phones. Google could push back the announcement to avoid more bad press about killing apps, which is something the company gets a lot of flack for.

The instant messaging app never took off the way Google would've hoped. The app has slowly decayed over time. In 2017, the head of Allo left Google for Facebook, and shortly thereafter most of the Allo team moved over to Android Messages.

There is some good news to glean from these apps being shut down.

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As Google has done with previous platforms and services, it starts them up to learn the ins and outs until eventually Google applies what it learned from the failed product into a new one.

More than 175 million Android users use Messages already according to Google. 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.

We will continue to track the story of Allo and Hangouts' future. One thing seems to be sure: if you use either of these apps, it's time to switch to something else. After ending its life entirely, the company will focus its energy on building Messages, the RCS-capable app that adds modern functionality to SMS on Android - kinda like Apple's iMessage. If you want to save any of your Allo conversations, you can export them through these instructions. "Given Messages' continued momentum, we've chose to stop supporting Allo to focus on Messages", Klainer wrote on Thursday.

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