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Google to retire smart messaging app Allo after March 2019

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has said its smart messaging app will not work after March 2019 as the company focuses on improving its Messages app and video calling app Duo.

"will continue to work through March 2019 and until then, you'll be able to export all of your existing conversation history from the app," Matt Klainer, Vice President, at said in a blog post on Thursday.

Launched in September 2016 with much fanfare, -- Google's messaging rival to and iMessage -- is an mobile app for the and iOS mobile (OS), with a available on Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Opera browsers.

Google paused investment in Allo earlier this year and brought some of its most-loved features - like Smart Reply, GIFs and desktop support - into Messages, which has over 175 million users.

"Given Messages' continued momentum, we've decided to stop supporting Allo to focus on Messages," Klainer said.

"We've learned a lot from Allo, particularly what's possible when you incorporate features, like the Google Assistant, into messaging," Klainer added.

Google said it will continue to bring more quality improvements based on that make video calls with Duo simple and reliable.

This year Google launched Duo support for iPad, Tablet, Chromebook, and Smart Displays.



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First Published: Fri, December 07 2018. 11:26 IST