Messages is getting or has gotten most of Allo's best features and will continue to see major development. "Given Messages' continued momentum, we've chose to stop supporting Allo to focus on Messages", Klainer wrote on Thursday.
Allo precursor Hangouts continues to be developed and supported by the company.
More than 175 million Android users use Messages already according to Google.
Incidentally, changes are also afoot as far as Hangouts is concerned, but Google denies that it is going away.
Also, Google is rebranding its Google Hangouts as Google Hangouts Chat, meant for enterprise users, and then there is the video conferencing solution Meet, again, to facilitate organisations holding meetings across different venues; both will be made available soon.
We also know that Hangouts classic will be going the same way the following year, with those users also moved to Hangouts Meet and Hangouts Chat, two services that are now enterprise-focused.
Meanwhile, Google will focus on Messages. Weve been working closely with the mobile industry to upgrade SMS so that people around the world can more easily enjoy group chats, share high-res photos, and get read receipts on any Android device. The company has shifted focus to Messages for texting, Duo for video calls, and Hangouts Chat and Meet for G Suite customers.
Regarding Hangouts Meet, the company recently launched the ability to organize meetings with up to 100 participants, making it easier for businesses to use.