Following”pausing investment” in Its Own smart messaging app Allo back in April, Google has now announced It Will stop supporting Allo altogether.
The company states it will keep Allo working till March 2019, after which it will no longer be available. Allo users are advised to export their conversation history, and search for an alternative app for everyday instant messaging.
Ever since, the business has introduced popular characteristics of Allo such as Smart Reply, GIFs, and desktop support to Android Messages, and in a blog post printed on Wednesday, Google has confirmed the demise of Allo completely.
“Given Messages’ continuing momentum, we have decided to quit supporting Allo to concentrate on Messages. Allo will keep working through March 2019 and till then, you’ll have the ability to export all of your current conversation history from the program,” the company added.
The instant messaging program never took off how Google would’ve hoped. On the flip side, Google’s video calling app Duo has been performing fairly well, and the totally doesn’t intend to stop development on it. As for Android Messages, over 175 million consumers are on the service every month, and Google has partnered with over 40 carriers and device manufacturers to make the experience better. The business says it will continue to add smart attributes to Android Messages to update the SMS platform further.
As mentioned, Allo will continue to function until March 2019, and earlier that users are advised to export all their chat history from the program. To be able to download all the chat history, open the Allo app, head to Settings > Chat and select either Export messages from chats or Export stored media from chats. The prior will export just the messages, while the latter will include media such as videos, photographs, and other documents.