Google's chat plans: Kill Allo, upgrade Duo and invest in Messages

Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are getting RCS'Chat on Verizon starting December 6

Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are getting RCS'Chat on Verizon starting December 6

As for Hangouts, the venerable chat app that launched with Google+, the company basically confirmed it would go away at some point last week, with users being "upgraded" to the Hangouts Chat and Hangouts Meet services now available for businesses. But the blog post from Google's Matt Klainer, who is vice president of consumer communications products, only adds to the confusion.

The other report I referenced at the start of this involved Allo, Google's never-popular-because-it-had-major-flaws messaging app.

Update: Google has confirmed in a blog post that it will shut down Allo by March 2019. Google states that many of Allo's best features have made their way to Messages, and that they've chose to "stop supporting Allo to focus on Messages". But Google then side-lined Hangouts and launched Allo for messages and Duo for video chats in 2019. now, Allo is going away soon, but according the development of Duo will continue.

If youve been trying to access Allo today, you probably were upset to find that an outage wasnt letting messages go through and Google Assistant, which first launched on Allo, was not working either. And after that it will be gone.

If you're still using Allo and need something else, check out our chat app roundup below. The Enterprise-only services Hangout Chats and Hangout Meets will be made available to consumers in the future. The Google plan it seems is to kill the current version of Hangouts and fold its features into two new apps called Hangouts Chat and Hangouts Meet. "We're fully committed to supporting Hangouts users in the meantime", wrote Klainer.

Following the footsteps of a certain fruit-based competitor, Google is putting all their eggs in the Android Messages basket. As for Android Messages, over 175 million users are on the service every month, and Google has partnered with over 40 carriers and device makers to make the experience better. As a result, users miss out on several key features such as end-to-end encryption, group chats and more.