Google formally confirms Allo shutdown for 2019, transfer away from ‘basic Hangouts’

Over the previous a number of days, 9to5Google reported that Google was planning to maneuver away from “basic Hangouts” and sundown Google Allo. Amid the dialogue concerning the firm’s messaging future, Google right this moment clarified its technique, and published a particular weblog submit confirming our two stories.

Google right this moment offered an “replace on [its] present efforts, and [its] focus transferring towards an easier communications expertise.” Beginning on the patron entrance, Google has “determined to cease supporting Allo to give attention to Messages.”

Messages & Google Allo

Again in April, Google solely famous that it was “pausing investment” on Allo, however right this moment is confirming our report that the service is about to get sundown. Google Allo will likely be out there till March 2019, with the service persevering with to work till then; disregarding today’s downtime. Google offered particulars on how customers can export existing conversation history from the app.

For Google, the main focus is now to “improve SMS” or enhance Universal Profile RCS adoption. This will likely be accomplished by the Messages app, Android’s default RCS consumer. The corporate notes the way it “discovered rather a lot from Allo” and that most of the machine studying options have been added to Messages.

Google Duo

In the meantime, Google notes its success on client video calling with Duo. Launched alongside Allo in 2016, it’s now out there on Chromebooks, Android tablets, Good Shows, and iPads.

It’s one in every of Google’s highest rated cellular apps and is seeing sturdy development and engagement throughout each Android and iOS.

Basic Hangouts, Meet, Chat

On the enterprise entrance, Google is reiterating its assist for Hangouts Chat and Hangouts Meet. The corporate cites “nice adoption with each amongst our G Suite prospects,” and has extra options deliberate within the “coming months.”

Chat prospects will have the ability to embody folks from outdoors of their group, making it straightforward to remain aligned with purchasers, distributors, companions and others, all from one place.

With reference to our report about “classic Hangouts,” Google over the weekend famous that common customers may have access to Hangouts Chat and Meet. Nonetheless, the corporate right this moment didn’t present a timeline, whereas emphasizing that the product is “primarily targeted” on the enterprise.

Hangouts Chat and Meet are primarily targeted on staff collaboration for G Suite prospects and in some unspecified time in the future will likely be made out there for present Hangouts customers, too. We’re absolutely dedicated to supporting Hangouts customers within the meantime.

That stated, the corporate is “dedicated to supporting Hangouts customers” till a full transition.

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