Previously week, two 9to5Google stories unveiled the destiny of 2 Google messaging apps: Hangouts is shutting down in 2020 and Allo is shutting down “quickly.” Google has now long past on file to provide an explanation for the plan.
Google Hangouts isn’t shutting down, however the vintage model is being changed, and Google isn’t sharing when. All Hangouts customers might be transitioned to Hangouts Chat and Hangouts Meet, identical to endeavor customers were. Within the period in-between, Chat and Meet are being actively up to date. Meet remaining week doubled its participation prohibit to 100.
Google Allo is shutting down in March 2019. Allo options will proceed to make their option to (Android) Messages, a part of Google’s wealthy verbal exchange products and services (RCS) technique.
Google Duo was once additionally discussed nowadays, however not anything is converting there. Not like Allo, Duo has discovered a suite of unswerving customers (Google says Duo is certainly one of its “perfect rated cell apps”). Duo now works on Android telephones, Android drugs, iPhones, iPads, Chromebooks, and Sensible Shows. As of late, the app received the facility to send a video message.
Allo is lifeless, lengthy reside Android Messages
Allo introduced in September 2016 as Google’s try to construct a contemporary messaging app from scratch. The workforce discovered a ton from the trouble, however Allo was once in large part an workout. It was once doomed from the beginning, and all of the updates had been simply function additions — there was once by no means a focal point on rising adoption.
Google “paused” paintings on Allo in April, however it was once transparent that its days had been numbered. Google had grew to become its focal point to Messages, the default SMS app on Android (until the service makes a decision to modify it). Google has to this point partnered with over 40 carriers and instrument makers and says over 175 million Android customers now have Messages — a host Allo by no means even were given as regards to.
So Allo is lifeless. If you wish to save your Allo messages, you’ll be able to obtain your chats or media till March.
Messages is Google’s plan to push RCS in order that Android telephones can be offering options like staff messaging, IP voice calls, learn receipts, and document sharing. The provider is powered through the Jibe RCS cloud (Google bought Jibe in September 2015).
That’s the dream, anyway. A lot of Android telephones don’t use Messages through default or don’t have it in any respect, telephones or carriers or each don’t beef up it, and there are many other RCS variants. Upgrading SMS and MMS to RCS is a brilliant long-term purpose. As I’ve argued ahead of, then again, Google shouldn’t be having a bet the whole lot on RCS, as it could possibly’t beef up options that different messaging apps do, akin to end-to-end encryption.
However with Allo out of the best way, Google has extra reason why to enhance Android Messages with Allo options, falling again to RCS if the recipient isn’t the usage of Messages or every other app with RCS beef up, and to SMS in the event that they’re on a good older instrument.
Sensible Answer, GIFs, and desktop beef up have already been ported from Allo to Messages. Google Assistant integration is the most obvious subsequent step. Certainly, Google dropped that trace nowadays no longer so subtlety: “We’ve discovered so much from Allo, in particular what’s imaginable while you incorporate system finding out options, just like the Google Assistant, into messaging.”
Hangouts Chat and Hangouts Meet
Google introduced in March 2017 that it was once splitting the Hangouts platform into two core products and services: Hangouts Chat, a Slack-like platform for groups, and Hangouts Meet, a Skype-like videoconferencing software. However that left the vintage model of Hangouts in limbo, therefore the inside track that app was once going away.
We contacted Google remaining week for some explanation. First we gained the usual line concerning the corporate no longer commenting on rumor and hypothesis.
However then this tweet came about:
Good day @hallstephenj, I run Hangouts and that is lovely shoddy reporting. No selections made about when Hangouts might be close down. Hangouts customers might be upgraded to Hangouts Chat and Hangouts Meet. Your supply is seriously misinformed. You’ll do higher.
— Scott Johnston (@happyinwater) December 1, 2018
So we requested once more, and Google despatched over this remark:
In March 2017, we introduced plans to conform vintage Hangouts to concentrate on two reviews that lend a hand convey groups in combination: Hangouts Chat and Hangouts. Meet Each Chat and Meet are to be had nowadays for G Suite shoppers and might be made to be had for client customers, too. We have now no longer introduced an reputable timeline for transitioning customers from vintage Hangouts to Chat and Meet. We’re absolutely dedicated to supporting vintage Hangouts customers till everyone seems to be effectively migrated to Chat and Meet.
Now, Google is including a tiny bit extra. G Suite customers that experience Hangouts Chat will be capable to come with other people from outdoor in their group, “within the coming months.” Google didn’t say when, however it did proportion that Chat and Meet “might be made to be had for current Hangouts customers, too.” General even though, Hangouts will proceed to have an endeavor focal point, simply throughout two apps.
So in abstract, Android Messages and Google Duo for customers, Hangouts Chat and Hangouts Meet for endeavor. However you realize, endeavor customers can use the previous two and customers will quickly be capable to use the latter two.