Allo, goodbye: Google is killing off the messaging app
Farewell to Allo.
Farewell to Allo.
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Another Google messaging app is dead.

Allo, which launched back in 2016, will soon be no longer. The tech giant announced in a blog post that it's ending support for the messaging app next March.

Google said users have largely switched to Android Messages, its default messaging app which integrates SMS, MMS, and Rich Communications Services (RCS)

The latter of which, RCS, represents the future of messaging, as SMS is set to become obsolete. Google is working hard on carrier support for RCS, so it comes up to par with Apple's iMessages.

"Earlier this year we paused investment in Allo and brought some of its most-loved features—like Smart Reply, GIFs and desktop support—into Messages," the blog post reads.

"Given Messages’ continued momentum, we’ve decided to stop supporting Allo to focus on Messages." 

If you're using Allo, you can export your conversation history from the app until it closes down in March. 

While Allo is on the way out, Google is keeping Duo, its video-calling app, which added video messaging recently. The company's also continuing to develop Hangouts into a workplace collaboration app, helping it to rival the likes of Slack.

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