Google Allo Is Officially Dead

Posted on March 12, 2019 by Mehedi Hassan in Android, Google with 7 Comments

Google announced back in December of last year that it will be shutting down its messaging app Allo. And the time has finally come: Google Allo is officially dead today.

Google is now displaying a message on the official Allo website announcing the official shutdown on the messaging app. Allo apps are still available from the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store, and the web app is still accessible. But when you try to log in as a new user, the OTP required to log in to the app takes ages to receive. Existing users will probably get kicked out sometime today.

Allo first launched back in 2016 along with Google Duo, the video chat counterpart of Google’s 2016 chat apps. Although Duo took off, Allo failed to catch any traction, and it just makes sense to shut the app down at this point. Google has, obviously, introduced another messaging app — Android Messages — and that’s the company’s main focus for now.

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7 responses to “Google Allo Is Officially Dead”

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    Daekar

    Another one bites the dust. I bet Reddit is really enjoying this.

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    simont

    Will anyone notice that it died?

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    wbhite

    The demise of Allo doesn't bother me because it was one of many other Google messaging products; they need to focus on consolidation of those. Duo, on the other hand, is a unique, cross-platform product that my family uses all the time. I'd be crushed if they abandoned that one.

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    dontbe evil

    but but google never ditch and rebrand their services like MS /s

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    jbuccola

    i can only imagine the volume of comments if this were *Apple* cancelling a failed product.


    Instead, a collective shrug. Because... Google.

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    mestiphal

    can we go into detail? what's the point of removing one app to introduce a similar service.

    what does Messages have that Allo did not?

    what will make Messages stick unlike Allo?

    why not rename Allo into Messages?

    what was the reason of creating two similar app at the same time?

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    solomonrex

    Researchers in the burgeoning field of Google Messaging Products History predict that soon Google will reach the 'Google Messaging App Cancellation Event Horizon', where the announcement of a shutdown of a Google messaging app will occur prior to the announcement of the product itself.


    Google engineers have high hopes that they will be able to send messaging products back in time to avoid the situation where their messaging apps aren't used because they technically never existed. The prime difficulty is not sending waveform communication back in time to a receptive audience, the fundamental physics involved are in fact fairly straightforward with evening access to a quantum computer, massive data centers and a Brownian motion simulator. Rather, they were unable to finish a communication with their past or future selves in a compatible product. Some engineers have speculated on the usage of iphones and imessage, however, the perfect sync of imessage ensures that the messages sent in the past are not 'pushed' until the future has arrived. They tried Skype but were only able to contact an alternative history version of themselves as Microsoft engineers, who were quite as frustrated as they were trying to contact their future selves to determine which stocks to buy. The project went silent shortly thereafter.

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