Google Stops Hangout – Allo is a Better Alternative
Hangout has been a stalwart messaging app for the last decade, but Google has decided to retire it. While buggy and frustrating, Hangout never really went away. With its work on Allo, Google could have resurrected the app and made it better than ever. But it’s probably too late now. Instead, we should use Allo to communicate with friends and family on other platforms. If nothing else, Allo is a much better alternative to Hangouts.
Allo is a text/chat app
Allo is the next big text/chat app to replace Google Hangout. In the past, the app only allowed up to 10 users to video chat with each other. Now, the messaging app makes it easy to have more expressive conversations with your friends and family. What’s so great about Allo? The fact that it is available on both Android and iOS devices makes it a smart messaging app.
Despite the fact that it’s the perfect replacement for Hangout, it’s not perfect. It’s not yet ready for prime time and still lacks basic messaging features, such as sending and receiving SMS messages. But it’s a step in the right direction. And it doesn’t have the drawbacks of Hangout. If you’re looking for a text/chat app for your Android phone, Allo is a good choice.
Allo’s biggest legacy is its integration with Google Assistant. The chatbot version of Google Assistant was introduced in Allo in September 2016, pre-dating the release of Google’s Pixel and Google Home. The Google Assistant in Allo had similar capabilities to the Google Assistant on voice products today. Users could talk to it directly, or bring it in by typing “@google”.
Allo is a cross-platform SMS messaging app
Allo is a new messaging app that’s very similar to Facebook Messenger. With over one billion users, WhatsApp has been an extremely popular social network for a long time, and the Allo app looks to follow in its footsteps. The app lets you chat with anyone in your address book, and includes stickers, videos, and text overlays. Users can create groups, name them, and even have their own avatars to identify the group. Photos also work well with the app, which helps share your photos and videos.
Like Snapchat, Allo uses end-to-end encryption and is completely secure. When in Incognito mode, Allo can also provide a message expiration date, similar to Snapchat. The app also includes a discreet notification system. Overall, Allo is an excellent messaging app that is well-designed and built. Now Google needs to promote it more. The app is still a ways away from becoming the next Facebook Messenger, but there are several advantages to using Allo.
While the iMessage messaging app is still the dominant messaging app on iOS, Google has been chasing after the market with a series of new apps. Google launched Messenger and Hangouts in 2013 but failed to catch up to Facebook’s messaging market share. In 2016, Google announced Allo to compete with Hangouts. The app launched in October, one month after Duo, Google’s video chat service.
Allo is a video calling app
When Google decided to stop supporting Hangout, it turned to other apps for video calling. One of these apps, Allo, was popular for its GIFs and stickers. It also had built-in Google Assistant integration and instant messaging capabilities. Google has since merged Allo into Messages. There are also two other video calling apps, Duo and Hangouts Meet. Allo offers both one-to-one and group video calling, and it allows users to create groups and chat like they do in Slack.
While Hangouts will remain available on Android, Google plans to kill its Allo messaging and video calling app by the middle of 2019. Although Allo was already a part of the Android operating system, the company has never been able to compete with Facebook’s Messenger, Apple’s iMessage, or WhatsApp. Despite its great features, however, Google has never been able to compete with these apps.
The future of Hangout is unclear. The company announced plans to discontinue Allo about two years ago, but it paused its investment in the app two years later. Google is focusing on Messages and the new Rich Communication Services (RCS) standard, which replaces SMS. This new app promises to offer high-resolution pictures, location sharing, read receipts, typing indicators, and larger group chats. Furthermore, the Messages app already has features like Google Pay and the web app.