Google Allo no longer among the top 500 most popular Android apps



Google Allo is on life support.

As Android Police reported earlier today, the messaging app has dropped out of the top 500 or so apps on the Play Store, which essentially means that the public's overall interest in the app has hit a new low. It's not the first time the app has done this, as its popularity has surged a couple of times in December and mid-January due to updates with minor new features. However, it doesn't take a genius to notice that the overall trend is predominantly a downward one. 

It took Google's once-promising messenger app just four days to score 5 million downloads immediately after its release in September 2016, but it then took Allo some 3 months to accumulate another 5 million downloads. That lackluster adoption rate was most likely due to the rather bleak and uninspiring feature list of Allo, which lacked a couple of essential and heavily-requested features - SMS support as well as a desktop client, among others. Without those in check, it's almost impossible to win away users from messenger giants Viber, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and mostly iMessage. 

Allo's future seems pretty gloomy at this point as it's head straight towards the scrapyard where the rest of Google's failed messenger attempts reside. 

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22 Comments

1. Nopers unregistered

"Allo just hit 500 million downloads". Yeah, sure it did.

20. Stuart77

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 01, 2017

Obviously you can't read,it says not in the top 500 apps

2. Martineverest

Posts: 521; Member since: Oct 27, 2015

google is no longer innovative...redmond is the new innovator

3. maple_mak

Posts: 953; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

Because Google too late to announce Allo, and lot of apps can replace it, such as Telco, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp and etc.

5. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

Huh? BBM and iMessage announce earlier and still failed! Google allo is so exclusive for Android only that's why it failed

8. maple_mak

Posts: 953; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

Allo also available on iOS...

10. joevsyou

Posts: 1093; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

lets just say you are right even though you clearly isn't. android controls 83% of the market, how on earth would an app be android exclusive fail because it's not on IOS?

16. kiko007

Posts: 7521; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Because it wouldn't make any revenue?

17. KParks23

Posts: 739; Member since: Oct 13, 2010

No it failed because of poor integration when I text someone from allo that does not have allo I show as some random numbers overall it's cool but no1 including me is gonna go around talking people into installing this crap, the bottom line is the people that would use this are already using something comparable and not going to change and everyone else is so late to the party it's not worth the hassle!

4. AlikMalix unregistered

Android needed this (or any standard)... shame, I had hopes for Allo and Duo.

6. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

As a allo user, i do wish Google release a desktop app like hangout integration with gmail. Overall i am happy with allo google assistance. Make my search fast and precise.

7. fancollo

Posts: 130; Member since: Dec 30, 2015

i'm sort of satisfied this is happening and it would even be better if it would be completely removed. This just to show how seriously stupid Google is in terms of Messaging apps!

9. joevsyou

Posts: 1093; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

should of integrated SMS....the world tried to tell them

11. jessy90

Posts: 162; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

No sms..download it but uninstalled it when i realized it had no sms support.

12. tokuzumi

Posts: 1962; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

Allo never had a chance. With Hangouts, why even bother with Allo?

13. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

"Allo's future seems pretty gloomy at this point as it's head straight towards the scrapyard where the rest of Google's failed messenger attempts reside" Made my day...LOLLLLZ!!!

14. haikallp

Posts: 319; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Not suprised at all. Hangouts, Allo, Duo. Why the need for multiple apps. -.-"

15. cncrim

Posts: 1590; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

It is not a surprise to me at all. I were excited at first launch but as soon as I download Allo and tested, I know it will be fail because the app does not work any email domain. As today, I found Hangouts still the best because I can text, call, mms.......

21. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I also feel that Hangout is a better messaging app. I use allo primarily for its Google assistance and a few die hard google friends that use it. Yes, there are many Google fanboy also.

18. talon95

Posts: 1004; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

Why can't they make one good app and support it? They take away features as often as they add them, it's not worth trusting their messaging apps anymore. They need SMS support, full encryption, optional AI, integration like hangouts.

19. SeminoleNation

Posts: 18; Member since: Dec 31, 2016

Recently moved to an iPhone for the first time. I have to say that the reason iMessage is so successful is because it's preinstalled, has amazing support & innovative features, and has sms support. This always pained me about my beloved android phones. There was no uniformity across the OS. Google really needs to step up and not leave out millions of people who might not have Allo by not including sms support. The features on Allo are really cool but they shouldn't have excluded so many people that let's say have iMessage or primarily talk on something else. After a while, people would have migrated to Allo. This could have been the go to comfortable way of communicating on Android but they messed up once again. No need to be a fanboy to understand that Apple has organized things very well on iOS. Please take a look at your competition google.

22. Sidewinder

Posts: 515; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

I'd much rather have SMS support on whatsapp so that I can just use one app for all my communication needs. Why I prefer Facebook messenger to whatsapp is the simplicity and the performance of the app on any phone and on any platform.

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