The original article follows. Thanks to partnerships with over 40 carriers and device makers, over 175 million of you are now using Messages, our messaging app for Android phones, every month. Not that Google likely minds much, since it's trying to build up a head of steam in support of yet another messaging effort - RCS chat.
The company also talked more about the future of Duo and Hangouts.
For the dustbin: Hangouts Classic and Allo. Google could push back the announcement to avoid more bad press about killing apps, which is something the company gets a lot of flack for.
Allo, which launched back in 2016, will soon be no longer.
Google Allo vs. iMessage: Which one does it best? It hasn't received a major update in nearly one year and most of the Allo team has been moved to Android Messages. Which messaging service do you use primarily?
Android Messages and Duo. "Given Messages' continued momentum, we've chose to stop supporting Allo to focus on Messages", Klainer wrote on Thursday.
Hit the source link for the full blog post if you're interested in what Google has going on for its messaging services.
Allo is the latest in a series of cross-platform messaging apps from Google to compete with the likes of Whats App and Facebook Messenger and offered consumer-facing features like stickers and encryption. The company promises they will continue to improve the service with features that utilize machine learning.
While Google does plan to shut down Hangouts eventually, Johnston said that Google was also opening up two of its enterprise-only messaging apps- Hangouts Chat and Hangouts Meet-to its consumer user base, and users of Hangouts would be transitioned to these two apps. He admitted then that "The product as a whole has not achieved the level of traction that we'd hoped for", though Google would keep supporting the app. We know that's happening, we just don't know when.
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.