Google stops supporting Allo to focus on Messages

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Launched only about two years ago, the instant messaging app Google Allo will no longer be supported by Google according to its messages “The latest on Messages, Allo, Duo and Hangouts” published on December 5, 2018.

If you're using Google Allo and need to keep your conversation history, you will be able to download your chats and media following the instruction here while the service continues to work until March 2019.

Since after its launch, Google Allo managed to achieve over 10 million installs, but it is still far behind its competitors like WhatsApp Messenger and Facebook Messenger, each of which has reached more than 1 billion downloads from the Play Store.

Instead of continuing to focus on Allo to challenge the strong competitors, Google has decided to invest more on its Messages, a default messaging app that is mostly preinstalled or otherwise can be downloaded separately on Android devices.

With the Android ecosystem, Google has been working with carriers to upgrade their networks to Rich Communication Services (RCS) while improving its Messages app with chat features using RCS in addition to traditional SMS or MMS texting.

The Messages app now supports smart reply, preview links, and rich conversation content including videos and audio messages, pictures, GIFs, emoji and stickers. It also allows sending and receiving messages from your computer with Messages for web.

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