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Google to shut down the Allo chat messenger app in March

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Google announced that it is shutting down its messaging app Google Allo. Instead, Google will focus on Android Messages and will incorporate 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.

Google is bringing the curtains down on its mobile instant messaging app, Allo. Google launch the messaging app to capture the market and compete with Apple’s iMessage and Facebook’s WhatsApp.

The company says that it will keep Allo working till March 2019, after which it will no longer be available. Allo users are advised to export their chat history, and look for an alternative app for everyday instant messaging. In order to download all the chat history, open the Allo app, head to Settings > Chat and then select either Export messages from chats or Export stored media from chats. The former will export only the messages, while the latter will include media like photos, videos, and other files.

In a blog post, Google said, “Earlier this year we paused investment in Allo and brought some of its most-loved features-like Smart Reply, GIFs and desktop support – into Messages. Given Messages’ continued momentum, we’ve decided to stop supporting Allo to focus on Messages”.

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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