Google kills Allo sooner than it will kill(?) Hangouts

Doris Richards
December 6, 2018

The tech giant announced in a blog post that it's ending support for the messaging app next March. As 9to5Google's report today notes, the entire Allo team has moved over to work on Android Messages and been working over the last several months to bring over most of Allo's features.

Google will announce that it's shutting down the shortlived Google Allo chat app "soon", according to a reliable source familiar with the plan, although the timeline of the announcement may have been delayed by the backlash stemming from our report about "Hangouts classic" being shuttered. Despite its promise, the app never gained traction and seeing it shuttered would be unsurprising.

As Google has done with previous platforms and services, it starts them up to learn the ins and outs until eventually Google applies what it learned from the failed product into a new one. Messages is getting all the fancy RCS-based Chat features, works on the web, and is already pre-loaded on many phones.

As for Hangouts, the venerable chat app that launched with Google+, the company basically confirmed it would go away at some point last week, with users being "upgraded" to the Hangouts Chat and Hangouts Meet services now available for businesses. However, the sense here is that Google is carefully using the words that is letting it deny the coming demise of Hangouts, but Hangouts users will definitely find the app changed significantly by the end of the year.

With Android Messages Chat, you're no longer limited to 160 characters.

Allo users can use the application until March 2019 and export their chat history using instructions posted here. Google states that many of Allo's best features have made their way to Messages, and that they've chose to "stop supporting Allo to focus on Messages". Google also at one point left some people wondering if Allo would be the intended successor to Google Hangouts' consumer usage, though of course that is being sunset, too. You do need to be chatting with someone else who has RCS to get these features, though, so you Verizon Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL owners may not see these features in all your messaging threads right away.

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