Allo was announced back at Google I/O 2016 and many were confused by the app from the start. The company has confirmed that the reason for shutdown is that the Allo app has not achieved the level of traction as much Google hoped for it. Qualcomm Technology Summit 2018: OnePlus Could Release First Commerical 5G Smartphone with Snapdragon 845 SoC By First Half of 2019.
Google was criticized by privacy advocates for storing messages in a way that would allow the company access to them; this opened the door for law enforcement requests who would then gain access to a user's chat history on legal request as well. "We've learned a lot from Allo, particularly what's possible when you incorporate machine learning features, like the Google Assistant, into messaging". In January, for example, Google's Allo lead Amit Fulay jumped ship to Facebook.
The saga of Google's messaging apps continues.
Google will announce that it's shutting down the shortlived Google Allo chat app "soon", according to a reliable source familiar with the plan, although the timeline of the announcement may have been delayed by the backlash stemming from our report about "Hangouts classic" being shuttered. The good news is that things might make a bit more sense at some point in the future.
[We] built Google Allo, a smart messaging app, to help you get more done in your chats and express yourself more easily.
A few days after reports emerged that Google is going to kill Hangouts chat app, which has millions of users, the company is trying to clear air about what it is doing to all those gazillion chat apps it has.
Enterprise Hangouts Chat users will eventually be able to include people from outside of their organization, and Hangouts Meet users can now organize meetings with up to 100 participants. "We're fully committed to supporting Hangouts users in the meantime", wrote Klainer.
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