Add to favourites
News Local and Global in your language
15th of December 2018


Google's chat plans: Kill Allo, upgrade Duo and invest in Messages


Confirming the latest rumors, Google has formally announced a shakeup in its increasingly-splintered messaging strategy. As we'd heard earlier today, Allo is done and will go away after March 2019 (users can export their conversation history until then). It launched a little over two years ago and incubated a number of messaging features with AI, but now it's focusing on its RCS-enabled Messages app, which has already absorbed Allo features like Smart Reply, GIFs and desktop support.

Duo, the video chat service that launched in 2016 alongside Allo, is still going strong and adds the ability to quickly leave a video message. Up next for the app are "more quality improvements based on machine learning that make video calls with Duo simple and reliable."

Rolling out this week on #GoogleDuo, you'll be able to send a video message with a couple of taps – just in time for spreading that holiday cheer

— Google (@Google) December 5, 2018

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 currently available for businesses.

Source: Google Blog In this article: allo, duo, google, hangouts, hangoutsmeet, internet, messaging, mobile, shutdown 421 Shares Share Tweet Share Save Comments Sign In Read More

Leave A Comment

More News

Digital Trends

Engadget RSS Feed


Ars Technica » Gear

TechCrunch » Gadgets

Geeky Gadgets

NDTV Gadgets - Latest

Disclaimer and is not the owner of these news or any information published on this site.