Allo and Duo will live alongside Hangouts and Messenger for Google

Allo and Duo will live alongside Hangouts and Messenger for Google
Google announced two big new messaging apps today -- Allo and Duo -- for better experiences with text conversations and video chats, respectively. The apps each have some interesting features that make them stand out, but it was a bit curious what these new additions would mean for Google's Hangouts and Messenger apps.

A new report says that the new additions to Google's app roster will mean nothing for Hangouts and Messenger. Supposedly, Google has confirmed that all four apps will coexist peacefully. Google said that it will continue to invest in Hangouts and keep it separate. This does make sense, because while Allo looks interesting, it is more in the model of WhatsApp -- an internet-based messaging system tied to your phone number, but doesn't handle SMS. 

Now, this doesn't necessarily mean that all of the apps will remain separate forever. Given that Hangouts does web chats in addition to SMS handling and can do video chats as well, it doesn't make a whole lot of sense to have Allo and Duo splitting the market. Depending on adoption, we still wouldn't be surprised to see a merge in a year or two, or for Hangouts to disappear and give way to Messenger for SMS and Allo for instant messaging. 

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16 Comments

1. Arthurhkt

Posts: 727; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

Why don't they just integrate it to Hangouts instead of separating into so many apps? I really hope that they won't baked into GMS service and not allow to uninstalled.

2. vijay.alapati

Posts: 181; Member since: Jan 08, 2015

This is called self fragmentation ;p

6. Unordinary unregistered

Something Google is notorious for

7. jove39

Posts: 2148; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Hangouts will remain standalone app due to it's unique features. My guess for why google is doing this. 1. Phone call - free to us, canada and low rates for rest of world. 2. Group video calls - for work related stuff. 3. Integrated into gmail, google plus. Will I use allo or duo? Not likely. May be install it, keep it for few days then uninstall it. Whatsapp is about to introduce video chat...after that all other video chat apps will see decline in active users.

8. KParks23

Posts: 736; Member since: Oct 13, 2010

Wish they would make this into a standard messaging app I find it impossible to get people to sign up for these things then it's only me and a few other people using it so it's pointless.

3. Martineverest

Posts: 521; Member since: Oct 27, 2015

Hope google graveyard still have enough space to contaim them?hangout is already struggling and begging for recognition.

4. Martineverest

Posts: 521; Member since: Oct 27, 2015

Y would one leave fb messenger,whatsapp and telegram for these poo......these will add more to android bloatwares

16. grbrao

Posts: 294; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

I hope you have watched google I/O and writing this comment. It is all about AI and machine learning, you consider it as boltware then you are ignorant. Boltware is something is preinstalled which u dont want to use and cant delete it. Allo and duo are given as an option, no one is forcing to download or preinstalled... secondly, this is a huge step in mobile phone history, the way AI works on day to day converstations is awsome... and Duo calling is really cool and where low network connectivity it improves itself and adjust to the requirment rather than blurring and disconnecting...... let us see how it fare with other third party apps....

21. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Each year google forces more into the bloatsphere. Compare gapps from android 2.x to gapps now...

5. jove39

Posts: 2148; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

All that google had to do...enable hangouts to login with phone number instead of gmail account. Text & video chat improvements will eventually come to hangouts.

9. Mercedes-Benz

Posts: 403; Member since: Jan 18, 2015

hangouts sucks anyways

13. The_Innovation

Posts: 648; Member since: Jul 18, 2012

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QJ3WV8N92Hs This video goes against what's in this article.

17. grbrao

Posts: 294; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

I truely wish after watching I/O they would have intigrated Allo, Duo together rather than making them two apps... atleast they would have intergrated allo to messeging app, duo to hangouts and would have given an option to turn on and off the these futures......

18. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

Failure

19. Zylam

Posts: 1822; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

I spent years trying to convince people to use Hangouts because I hate Facebook and whatapp, such horrible design and reliance on a phone number, and I finally made some traction.. Than this! I have to say, both Allo and Duo look amazing, finally some serious data communication stuff. But why couldn't they just update Hangouts with all the new features, doesn't seem like anything up there required it's own app away from Hangouts.

20. aasifmaqsood

Posts: 29; Member since: Sep 30, 2015

There is already app in playstore Allo by Allo.im, what is there future?

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