Thursday, 21 February, 2019


Google Allo is officially dead: here’s how to save your conversations

Melba Vasquez | 06 December, 2018, 19:42

The app - which first arrived in September 2016 with a bunch of clever features like one-tap smart replies, Google Assistant support, and the ability to share web search results in conversations - will be shut down next March. Basically, what users need to do is make sure they run the latest version of Allo on their device.

Users will download both their messages and media in a CSV file and a ZIP archive.

As mentioned, Allo will continue to work till March 2019, and before that users are advised to export all of their chat history from the app.

Google admits that Allo hasn't proved as successful as it hoped, with Anil Sabharwal, VP of Product at Google, having revealed that it holds fewer than 50 million users, so the closure doesn't come as a complete shock. The company tried to enter the market several times in the past decade but failed each time to get enough traction in the market.

It's highly likely the 9to5Google source who informed the publication about the end of Hangouts Classic is the same source informing it about the end of Google Allo. The Enterprise-only services Hangout Chats and Hangout Meets will be made available to consumers in the future. The app is seeing "strong growth and engagement" according to Google.

Meanwhile, Google will focus on Messages.

Allo, which faced tough competition from the get-go, was not a bad application. After the company announced Allo development had been "paused" back in April, a new report claims the app will be completely discontinued.

While Allo did support an Incognito Mode to avoid that, it never stood a chance against messaging applications that encrypted messages so that only chat participants could read them.

Allo users in the months since have also reportedly been getting met with various bugs and broken features.

As the shutdown time of the Google Allo is very much know, Verizon will be launching the RCS Chat on Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL smartphone on December 6.

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