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Google announced the closure of smart messenger Allo

Google объявила о закрытии умного мессенджера AlloAllo will “continue to work until March 2019”.

Google officially announced the closure of its project smart messenger Allo.

This is not surprising, given that Google had stopped investing in Allo in April.

Then the head of group communications at Google Anil Sabharwal said that “Allo as a whole has not reached the level of popularity that we had hoped.”

Allo will “continue to work until March 2019,” says Google, and users will be able to export their chat history.

Closing time Allo chosen quite well, given that Verizon plans to officially launch new messenger – Chat RCS – Pixel 3 and 3 XL 6 Dec. In contrast to Allo, RCS Chat is integrated directly into Android Messages (Android) Messages and may finally give Google a competitor to iMessage.

The company confirmed that “decided to discontinue support for Allo to focus on this application”. Now Messages messenger for Android-smartphones – are about 175 million people.

Google introduced Allo in may 2016 on the I/O conference, and it was released in September of the same year. The main feature of Allo – partial support for “Google Assistant”, it worked even in those countries where the teaching assistant was unavailable.

Interestingly, the Allo messenger Google has been criticized by experts on issues of security and privacy advocates because mode end-to-end encryption is off by default, which they claim leaves the app open for government and corporate surveillance. Edward Snowden, a whistleblower and former contractor of the NSA, criticized the application in his Twitter, stating that “the Google solution is to disable encryption end-to-end by default, new chat app Allo is dangerous.”

Add, Google will also close messenger and Hangouts will give regular users access to services Meet Hangouts and Hangouts Chat, which are now used in the corporate segment.

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