Confirmed] Google Allo may be shutting down after development halted months ago

Verizon Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL to get RCS chat on December 6

Google has now published a blog post to set the record straight, and it seems the rumors were mostly true.

"Verizon and Google will be rolling out enhanced messaging (RCS) in the Messages app on Google Pixel 3 and Google Pixel 3 XL beginning this Thursday, December 6th". Today, Google is confirming that in March 2019, Allo will no longer work. - Given Messages continued momentum, weve made a decision to stop supporting Allo to focus on Messages. Instead, Google will shift its focus to Android Messages, and bringing new features to the app, to make the SMS experience more efficient.

Allo will continue to work through March 2019 and until then, youll be able to export all of your existing conversation history from the app—We've learned a lot from Allo, particularly whats possible when you incorporate machine learning features, like the Google Assistant, into messaging.
On the other hand, Google's video calling app Duo has been doing fairly well, and the completely doesn't plan to stop development on it. And after that it will be gone. However, the sense here is that Google is carefully using the words that is letting it deny the coming demise of Hangouts, but Hangouts users will definitely find the app changed significantly by the end of the year. Hangouts - as Google has already shared - will be split into two products Hangouts What and Hangouts Meet. These are mainly focused on team collaboration for G Suite customers and will be available for Hangout users also.

However, now it is not clear if all Hangouts users - and many of them are regular users who just have a Google account and aren't part of G Suite base - will get access to the Hangouts Chat and Meet or if it will be restricted to G Suite users. With the eventual rollout of RCS messaging for Android devices, Google is likely putting all of its resources into Messages, setting it as the primary messaging app from the company. As a result, users miss out on several key features such as end-to-end encryption, group chats and more.

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