Monday, 10 December, 2018

Google confirms Allo dies in March 2019, wants people to get Messages

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Sandy Mccarthy | 06 December, 2018, 14:24

In this case, many of Allos features were ported to Android Messages, the default SMS and soon-to-be RCS client on Android phones.

On the blog post, the Tech Giant mentioned that they want every Android device to have a great messaging experience and they have been working closely with mobile industry to upgrade SMS so that its users around the globe can enjoy the services like group chats, read receipts or shirring high-resolution photos like WhatsApp. First we heard that Hangouts might be shutting down, with a Google product lead refuting the claims, then a report came out that Allo is also shutting down. 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".

Allo was announced back at Google I/O 2016 and many were confused by the app from the start. No one expected Google to release yet another messaging app when they already had Hangouts. With Hangouts and Allo out of the way, Google may finally have a straightforward approach to messaging. Verizon confirmed its support for Google's RCS and promised to introduce support for the service starting early 2019.

World in 'deep trouble' over climate change, United Nations warns
The United States is the only country, not part of the accord after President Donald Trump chose to walk away from it. In July, Greece declared a state of emergency as massive fires wiped out entire towns.

Allo was designed as the next big thing in Android messaging apps, though it never lived up to its potential. "Allo will continue to work through March 2019". It'll keep its Duo video calling service around for the foreseeable future, though.

As for Hangouts, the venerable chat app that launched with Google+, the company basically confirmed it would go away at some point last week, with users being "upgraded" to the Hangouts Chat and Hangouts Meet services now available for businesses. The original rumor was that Google was going to terminate Hangouts Classic, but Google eventually chimed in to say that it would be bringing Hangouts Meet and Hangouts Chat to the general public, instead of keeping them exclusive to G Suite customers.

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