Instead of Allo, the new darling app for Google now is Messages, which it wants to build as one-stop chat and messaging solution for phone users. Google Duo supports instant messaging and video calls both. Allo users can also easily export and download their conversations so no data will be lost next year.
Google reportedly admitted that one of the reasons behind the app's closure is due to lackluster support and fanfare.
Google can close your Hangouts chat for users until 2020.
At the beginning of this year, Google had already removed all developers from Allo.
As for Hangouts, the other unclear entry in Google's family of messaging apps, Google previously announced that it would "evolve" Hangouts into separate Hangout Chats and Hangouts Meet experiences for businesses.
Google isn't afraid to experiment with new services, but the company also isn't afraid to shut them down if they don't prove popular enough.
"The methodology behind Allo was 'how about we assemble an extremely incredible consumer messaging product truly from the beginning, '" Sabharwal said in a meeting with The Verge prior this year. But it will continue supporting individuals who use Hangouts until Hangout Chats and Hangout Meet are made available to consumers too.
After "pausing investment" in its smart messaging app Allo back in April, Google has now announced that it will stop supporting Allo altogether.
We also know that Hangouts classic will be going the same way the following year, with those users also moved to Hangouts Meet and Hangouts Chat, two services that are now enterprise-focused. So it should come as no surprise that Google is looking to get rid of Allo, and it is being replaced by Android Messages, unsurprisingly. When you select a person into Contacts, the options for texting and video calling are Messages and Duo, respectively, but in Gmail, "Hangout" is the first messaging option, which takes you to the classic Hangouts app, assuming you have it installed.