After”pausing investment” in its smart messaging app Allo back in April, Google has announced that it will stop Behind Allo altogether.
Rather, Google will change its focus on Android Messages, and bringing new features to the program, to produce the SMS experience more efficient. The company states that it will maintain Allo working till March 2019, and it will no longer be available. Allo users are advised to export their conversation history, and look for an alternate program for everyday instant messaging.
Ever since, the company has introduced popular features of Allo such as Smart Reply, GIFs, and desktop support to Android Messages, and in a blog article printed on Wednesday, Google has confirmed the demise of Allo altogether.
“Given Emails’ continuing momentum, we’ve decided to quit supporting Allo to concentrate on Messages. Allo will keep working through March 2019 and until then, you are going to have the ability to export all of your existing conversation history in the app,” the company added.
The instant messaging app never took off how Google would’ve hoped. On the flip side, Google’s video calling program Duo has been doing quite well, and the completely doesn’t plan to discontinue development on it. In terms of Android Messages, over 175 million consumers are about the service every month, and Google has partnered with over 40 carriers and device makers to make the experience better. The company states that it will continue to include smart features to Android Messages to upgrade the SMS platform farther.
As mentioned, Allo will still continue to work till March 2019, also before that users are advised to export all of their chat history from the app. In order to download all the chat history, start the Allo app, head to Settings > Chat and then select Export messages from discussions or Export stored media from chats. The prior will export only the messages, whereas the latter will comprise media such as photos, videos, and other files.