Google Allo Is Shutting Down: Here's How to Save Your Chat History

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The original article follows. After the company announced Allo development had been "paused" back in April, a new report claims the app will be completely discontinued. Google is working hard on carrier support for RCS, so it comes up to par with Apple's iMessages.

Today's announcement does a certain amount to change all that, but still leaves Messaging, Duo and Hangouts doing more or less the same job in a different way. That's according to a new report from 9to5Google, which quotes a "reliable source familiar with the plan" though there are few details other than that at this point. Should Google decide to change Hangouts' fate, Hangouts users should be able to make use of Hangouts Chat.

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Yesterday, we reported that Google was rumoured to be shutting down Allo pretty soon. No one expected Google to release yet another messaging app when they already had Hangouts. It hasn't received a major update in nearly one year and most of the Allo team has been moved to Android Messages. However, the main reason Allo's closure is noteworthy in my mind is that it was the first use case for the Google Assistant.

The latter of which, RCS, represents the future of messaging, as SMS is set to become obsolete. "Given Messages' continued momentum, we've made a decision to stop supporting Allo to focus on Messages", Klainer wrote on Thursday. Google confirmed that Allo would work until March 2019, and said users could still export their conversation history if they wish to do so (Settings Chat Export messages from chats/Export stored media from chats). The company has shifted focus to Messages for texting, Duo for video calls, and Hangouts Chat and Meet for G Suite customers. The company promises they will continue to improve the service with features that utilize machine learning.

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Google didn't dispute this in any of their clarifications, only acknowledging that they'll soon offer Hangouts users the chance to use Hangouts Chat, which is now only available to G Suite customers as more of a collaboration tool. He admitted then that "The product as a whole has not achieved the level of traction that we'd hoped for", though Google would keep supporting the app.

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