Google has officially announced that its instant messaging service, Allo, will stop functioning as of March 2019.
Allo users can download conversation history even when the application stops working. To do so, they will only have to open the menu of three lines of the application and, once deployed, press the option chat.
“Google will focus its efforts on messaging services in its future RCS system.”
In this menu there will be two options, one to download the conversations and another one for the multimedia content. Once the option is selected, the platform will enable the download of the messages in a CSV file and the multimedia files in a compressed zip.
The truth is that Allo has had little success in Android users. Since its launch in 2016, the messaging application has had less than 50 million downloads, a ridiculous figure compared to those that handle applications such as WhatsApp or Facebook Messenger. In that sense, the reality is that the “death” of the application was an open secret, especially since Google announced in April that it stopped supporting the application.
The company explained that the closure of the application responds to want to promote the development of a new messaging system called RCS, whose launch is expected in 2019 and that will allow Android users to exchange messages without the need to be connected to a network of data. However, it is not an application in itself, but a new communication standard on which to base apps that other companies will have to create.
Finally, it should be remembered that just a few days ago, Google announced that in 2020 it would stop providing user-level service to another of its messaging applications, Hangouts, to focus on the use of the tool at the enterprise level.