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Google Allo Shutting Down Next Year in Favor of Google's Main Messages App

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Google this week announced that it is shutting down its messaging app Google Allo [iOS Direct Link], and incorporating many of its features into the Messages app on Android smartphones. Google Allo is an expanded messaging app that lets users send GIFs, text from their desktops, and use Smart Reply.


Now, Google says to continue Messages' momentum it has decided to "stop supporting Allo to focus on Messages." Many of Allo's features have already been integrated into Messages, and Allo will continue to work through March 2019. Until then, users will be able to export all existing conversations from the app. Because Google's main Messages app isn't available on iOS, Allo users on iPhone will have to migrate to an alternative texting platform when the service shutters.

Google Allo first launched in September 2016, pitched as the company's "intelligent messaging app," thanks to the inclusion of Google Assistant. Allo is available on iOS and Android smartphones, and offers many features that are comparable to messaging apps like Apple's iMessage and Facebook's WhatsApp.

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nburwell

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First Google is going to shutdown Inbox, now Allo. Maybe they're actually going to streamline their main apps (which they should have done all along).
 
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EatinPonies

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<sarcasm> Oh! I'm sooooo surprised to see another product be yanked out from under customer's feet after buying into it while Google hailed as amazing! </sarcasm>

This is one of the reasons I left Android. Do you like your camera? They'll yank out some of your favorite features with no explanation and not tell you when or even *if* they're coming back (timelapse). How about Google Photos? They'll do what they want with your favorite features there also (Chromecasting)! Or perhaps you've invested your time into migrating to one of their feature-rich products to simplify your use? They'll pull the plug, tell you to use something else because "it's amazing" and then end up pulling the plug there also (Inbox, Google Voice, *any* of their text/instant messaging solutions)!

No, thanks. People say that iOS is boring because it never changes, but I'll take that over being yanked around by the company that makes my phone. My trust in Google is almost nonexistent now.
 
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Sasparilla

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The "new" text messaging format Google recently announced (with the carriers of course) for its surviving messaging application will not be end to end encrypted - so that Google and the carriers (and governments I suppose) can data mine users conversations.

It would be really good if Apple ported iMessage and ApplePay to Android and started bringing some privacy there.
 
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<sarcasm> Oh! I'm sooooo surprised to see another product be yanked out from under customer's feet after buying into it while Google hailed as amazing! </sarcasm>

This is one of the reasons I left Android. Do you like your camera? They'll yank out some of your favorite features with no explanation and not tell you when or even *if* they're coming back (timelapse). How about Google Photos? They'll do what they want with your favorite features there also (Chromecasting)! Or perhaps you've invested your time into migrating to one of their feature-rich products to simplify your use? They'll pull the plug, tell you to use something else because "it's amazing" and then end up pulling the plug there also (Inbox, Google Voice, *any* of their text/instant messaging solutions)!

No, thanks. People say that iOS is boring because it never changes, but I'll take that over being yanked around by the company that makes my phone. My trust in Google is almost nonexistent now.

I really tried to like the pixel 3..but googled customer service is a joke. Ordered two phones,cases and stands and one case and stand was missing..I waited almost two weeks and no one had a answer to what happened. So I sent everything back. Today I wanted to get a update date and the amount I’m supposed to be refunded is $140 less than what I paid. I’ve NEVER had a issue with support with anything I’ve owned from apple. You really do get what u pay for. I’m hoping that either google just makes a camera app for iOS and apple develops some kind of feature to help with spam calling like google has done..that’s really all I need from google at this point. Your right boring and plain apple is a good thing in this case!
 
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Say what you will, but Google managed to turn a search engine company into a mobile OS company by giving away free software.

There are a thousand no's for every yes.

Apple just doesn’t show you the no’s.
 
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A few years ago, when I went back and forth between iPhone and Android, the horrible message apps at Google is what caused me to abandon Android. 15 different half baked options.

Yet another botched attempt at messaging by Google.

Astounding that they've gone this long and still never gotten it right.
 
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Soba

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Google software is never the product. You are.

Hence Google's lack of compunction about discontinuing software or modifying features people actually like. If it does not optimally exploit the user, out the window it goes.
 
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EatinPonies

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While we can make all sorts of jokes, I think Google is on the right track by embracing and implementing RCS into their Messages app (yes, it's one ugly app but I blame Google's "material design" team, not Messages team).

I hope Apple would embrace RCS too, as I think it's the future of SMS.
Oh, for sure. But the problem with Google a lot of the time is that they implement something half-baked without fleshing out exactly *how* they want to implement it in the long term. Reading reviews for the Messages app that you linked to (and almost any other Google offering), you'll find the same thing that corroborates my previous comment: Google's software regularly "goes backwards" because they take features away for not fleshing them out properly the first time.

That last part is what Apple does really well. They may not be the first to the game, but when they do it, they're committed to their approach for the long run.
 
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WBRacing

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"Google shutting down xyz" is one of the least surprising phrases I hear anymore.
Usually on the better services as well. It is infuriating and appalling business, their development teams seem like groups of children who both get bored really quickly and also refuse to talk to each other about what they're doing.

I really tried to like the pixel 3..but googled customer service is a joke. Ordered two phones,cases and stands and one case and stand was missing..I waited almost two weeks and no one had a answer to what happened. So I sent everything back. Today I wanted to get a update date and the amount I’m supposed to be refunded is $140 less than what I paid. I’ve NEVER had a issue with support with anything I’ve owned from apple. You really do get what u pay for. I’m hoping that either google just makes a camera app for iOS and apple develops some kind of feature to help with spam calling like google has done..that’s really all I need from google at this point. Your right boring and plain apple is a good thing in this case!
To be fair, Google's customer service for me has been excellent, the three times I've used it. No passing around and quick handling. When my 16month old Pixel 1 failed they sent me a replacement with a fresh 24month warranty. Can't argue with that.
 
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C DM

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<sarcasm> Oh! I'm sooooo surprised to see another product be yanked out from under customer's feet after buying into it while Google hailed as amazing! </sarcasm>

This is one of the reasons I left Android. Do you like your camera? They'll yank out some of your favorite features with no explanation and not tell you when or even *if* they're coming back (timelapse). How about Google Photos? They'll do what they want with your favorite features there also (Chromecasting)! Or perhaps you've invested your time into migrating to one of their feature-rich products to simplify your use? They'll pull the plug, tell you to use something else because "it's amazing" and then end up pulling the plug there also (Inbox, Google Voice, *any* of their text/instant messaging solutions)!

No, thanks. People say that iOS is boring because it never changes, but I'll take that over being yanked around by the company that makes my phone. My trust in Google is almost nonexistent now.
Pretty sure Google Voice is still around.
 
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