Communicating with the people in our lives is one of the most
important things we do every day, whether it’s chatting with
friends about an upcoming trip, calling mom to check in, or
touching base with colleagues. Over the past few years, we’ve
built products to help improve the way you communicate and today
we’re sharing an update on our current efforts, and our focus
moving toward a simpler communications experience.
Investing more in Messages, and bringing the best of Allo to
We want every single Android device to have a great default
messaging experience. We’ve 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. Thanks to partnerships
with over 40 carriers and device makers, over 175 million of you
are now using
Messages, our messaging app for Android phones, every
In parallel, we built Google
Allo, a smart messaging app, to help you get more done in your
chats and express yourself more easily. Earlier this year we paused
investment in Allo and brought some of its
most-loved features—like Smart Reply, GIFs and desktop
support—into Messages. Given Messages’ continued momentum,
we’ve decided to stop supporting Allo to focus on Messages.
Allo 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—here are
instructions on how to do so. We’ve learned a lot from Allo,
particularly what’s possible when you incorporate machine
learning features, like the Google Assistant, into messaging.
Making video calls even easier with Duo
We built Duo, our simple, high-quality video calling app, so you
never miss a moment with the people who matter most. It’s one of
Google’s highest rated mobile apps and is seeing strong growth and
engagement across both Android and iOS.
This year we launched Duo support for iPad, Android Tablet,
Chromebook, and Smart Displays, giving you more flexibility to make
calls from your favorite devices. We also launched the ability to
leave a video message, and will continue to bring more quality
improvements based on machine learning that make video calls with
Duo simple and reliable.
Continuing our enterprise focus with Hangouts
Communications at work, on both desktop and mobile, is critical
to business success. In March of last year, we announced plans to
evolve classic Hangouts to focus on two experiences that help bring
teams together: Hangouts Chat and
Meet. We’ve seen great adoption with both among our G Suite
customers. Recently, we announced the ability to organize meetings
with up to 100 participants in Meet and made it easier for
businesses to use meeting solutions without worrying about
compatibility with existing equipment. In the coming months, Chat
customers will be able to include people from outside of their
organization, making it easy to stay aligned with clients, vendors,
partners and others, all from one place.
Hangouts Chat and Meet are primarily focused on team
collaboration for G Suite customers and at some point will be made
available for existing Hangouts users, too. We’re fully committed
to supporting Hangouts users in the meantime.
We’re excited by the progress we’ve made with our
communications experience over the past few years, and ready to
take what we’ve learned from Allo and put it to work to make
Messages even better. And by refocusing on Messages and Duo for
consumers and Hangouts Chat and Hangouts Meet for team
collaboration, we’re focused on delivering a simpler and more
unified communications experience for all of you.
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