Google’s Allo messaging service dies today

Today is the last day for Google Allo.                  Jason Cipriani  CNET

Today is the last day for Google Allo. Jason Cipriani CNET

Whilst Duo has picked up a little traction and maintains a userbase, Allo never really clicked with Android smartphone fans.

In December, Google announced it was shutting down Google Allo in March.

"You'll now be able to delete your conversation history of 1:1 direct messages in Hangouts Chat". We've learned a lot from Allo, particularly what's possible when you incorporate machine learning features, like the Google Assistant, into messaging.

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To download your chats, Go to Settings and then tap on Chat.

Google has a history of launching too many message apps and then pulling the rug out from under users when it realizes it needs to shut some of them down. Google+ effectively failed after years of troubled operation, and Google Hangouts+ is far from the most popular video chat service out there. The app will still work if you attempt to log in or send messages today, but that won't be the case much longer.

If you did not use Allo on your current phone but you had backed up your previous Allo conversations on Google Drive or iCloud. You can download the v4.1.065 update from APK Mirror if it's not yet reached your device via the Play Store. If you visit Allo's official website, you'll be advised to export your chats in the form of a CSV file. Learn how to export your chats and more. To get photos, videos, or any other files shared on Allo, you will have to use the media export option. The Mountain View, California-based company will be closing Inbox by Gmail, and Goo.gl URL shortner by the end of March.

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