Allo, Goodbye; Google to shut its smart messaging app in March 2019

Allo, Goodbye; Google to shut its smart messaging app in March 2019
Back in April, Google said that it was no longer throwing money at its smart messaging app Allo. Now, the company has announced that it will be shutting Allo down in March, 2019. A support page posted by Google explains how Allo users can back up their conversation history. Google says that it was able to learn a lot from Allo, especially when it comes to machine learning. Many of the new features using machine learning have been added to Google's Messages app.

Google's Anil Sabharwal, the Vice President of Chrome, Comms and Photos for the company, has said that Allo never "achieved the level of traction that we'd hoped for." According to 9to5Google, Allo users have complained about various bugs including the inability of the app to deliver messages. For a "smart" messaging app, that problem alone is enough for it to lose users.

Google is moving the Allo team over to its Messages app as the company focuses on improving SMS. While Hangouts Chat and Hangouts Meet will be the landing point for the migration of Hangouts users once that app is closed, both are really designed for enterprise use. As a result, Google will continue to work on its successful Duo video chat app, and push Messages for texting. Messages will also be the home for Chat, a protocol for Rich Communications Services (RCS) that will eventually replace SMS. RCS uses a data connection, not a cell connection, and will be able to alert you in real time when someone is replying to your message. You will also be able to know with certainty if the recipient of a message you sent has read it.

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20 Comments

1. afrohoxha

Posts: 255; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Allo, it's me I was wondering if after all these years you'd like to Hangouts Meet

4. AmashAziz

Posts: 2930; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

.-_-.

2. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3108; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Google's apps is a total mess. They are killing projects more than continuing them. What's going on in their heads?

3. AmashAziz

Posts: 2930; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Google needs to develop one messaging app and have it preloaded on all Android devices. Just like Apple messages. No Allo, hangouts, sms, etc.

7. Fred3

Posts: 538; Member since: Jan 16, 2018

I feel like Google needs a little firing and hiring new people. The chioces they make with phones is horrible also.

6. bucknassty

Posts: 1345; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

well...apple simply made an OTT (over the top) messaging app (like whatsapp, or facebook messenger) and made it be able to use text as well due to the fact that cell companies will not upgrade to a more secure and better messaging platform... blame the cell companies for relying on SMS and MMS for so long to milk their customers

12. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

I don't where you live, but I have unlimited SMS for... I believe that more than 5y; the same goes for a lot of European and American countries.

15. rouyal

Posts: 1583; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

IKR. For the last 8-10yrs you have to go out of your way and hunt a plan with limited sms.

19. bucknassty

Posts: 1345; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

so.... i'm not talking about the limited amount of how many sms text you can send a receive. i mean the technological limitations of SMS and MMS which do not require much data or extreme use of bits compared to an OTT application. (side note, some carriers do charge crazy rates for when you are outside of their region to send SMS and MMS, but OTT is not limited by this so long as you have a data connection(side side note, which you may or may not have to pay for)) now that carriers have finally started to install a more robust system to handle the larger forms of communication the old limitations of SMS (160 characters) or MMS (1 or 2 MB) can be discarded... its like using a 3 cylinder engine from 1960 when we have twin turbo V6s that are more efficient and powerful, but since its cheaper to use the 3 cylinder why go to the V6...

20. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

As long as you're paying for the service, I don't think that carriers give a fk if you use SMS or iMessage. The more internet you need, the more money they get to invest in equipments (in order to get more customers and more money).

5. bucknassty

Posts: 1345; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

THANK YOU, take us all to RCS FINALLY

8. cncrim

Posts: 1588; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

Why the hell they not just make improve on Hangouts and stuck with it? Hangouts is great beside the flaws is crappy mms. Just fix that and Add Google pay to it and wowlaaa you are competing with iMessages.

10. AronWunarso

Posts: 242; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

Or how about combine all thr apps (Duo, Allo) into a single apps (Hangouts) instead of two different apps do its own things.

13. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

:) Before going after iMessage, Hangouts should be able to compete with WhatsApp (which is not so great to start with). I think Google should focus on RCS rather than waste time with dead-before-arrival projects.

9. yalokiy

Posts: 1015; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

Until they add proper encryption to "messages" app, I won't ever install it. Kudos to Apple for getting iMessage almost right a long time ago. They just need to add ability to send any type of file and make an Android and windows version.

14. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

What kind of file do you think you can't send with iMessage? PS: try with Share from Files before answering ;).

16. yalokiy

Posts: 1015; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

Ok, I take that back, now mostly support for other platforms is missing.

18. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

I would love to see iMessage communicating with other im apps; maybe RCS support will bring that.

11. Cat97

Posts: 1897; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Google seems to be closing apps faster than it releases them...they will soon run out of apps.

17. Vokilam

Posts: 1221; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

Problem wasnt as much as it was a bad app, it was the exposure of the app - nearly zero - which made it useless to have. with iMessage at least if the other user doesnt have it, it's still the app to go for text messaging.. but, oh man, if the user on the other end has it - it's a multiplayer-gaming, pdf sharing, checklist collaborating, thumbs-up, send-money, draw-a-picture, extravaganza...

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