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Google Shutting Down Allo, Puts Focus on Android Messages

Google has shared its vision around communications moving forward with an update announced today to Messages, Allo, Duo, and Hangouts.

Google has been experimenting with various products around messaging over the years today it has announced of sunsetting two of its more recent initiatives, Hangouts, and Allo.

With the shutter of Allow, the company is moving its focus to make Android Messages even better by integrating best of Allo features into it.

“We’re excited by the progress we’ve made with our communications experience over the past few years and ready to take what we’ve learned from Allo and put it to work to make Messages even better,” the company said.

Google is investing heavily in Messages, it notes that over 40 carriers and device makers are now participating in improving Messages.

Adding, it said, “more than 175 million users every month now using the messaging app for Android.”

These people enjoy upgraded features like SMS, group chats, share high-res photos, read receipts.

With the Messages’ continued to gain momentum, Google said it has decided on to stop Allo. “Earlier this year we paused investment in Allo.”

Messages’ already has ported some most-loved features of Allo, such as Smart Reply, GIFs and desktop support.

Google notes, that Allo was the first messaging app that incorporated machine learning feature Google Assistant and searches capabilities.

With Google Assistant in Allo, users can simply ask to conduct local searches, get news, maps, weather and travel information etc.

Allo will continue to run through March 2019, Google recommends users to export all of their conversation histories from the app.

In order to help people export history from Allo, Google has published instructions on how to do so.

Making Duo Even Better with Video Calls

In addition to Android Messages, Google is promoting their video calling the app “Duo,” for being the highest rated mobile apps of Google.

Adding, the company says, that Duo is “seeing strong growth and engagement across both Android and iOS.”

Duo, which already offers an ability like leave a video message, will get more “quality” improvements powered by machine learning to enhance video calls with Duo, says Google.

The app is available on iPad, Android Tablet, Chromebook, and Smart Displays.

On the other hand, Hangouts will continue to live on as an enterprise tool with two of its offerings Hangouts Chat and Hangouts Meet.

Google says both of these tools are greatly adopted by its G Suite customers.

To help businesses use Meet as their meeting solution, Google recently added an ability that allows organizing “meetings with up to 100 participants.”

Hangouts Chat will allow businesses to add people from outside their company in the next few months. So, they can remain in touch with clients, vendors, partners, and others.

With the closure of Hangouts for consumers, Google says at some point it will make both Hangouts Meet and Hangouts Chat available to all existing Hangouts users.

Until, then, Hangouts Chat and Meet will continue as primarily focused on team collaboration for G Suite customers.

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