‘Google to kill Hangouts’: Allo, Duo and Android Nougat to blame

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New Delhi | Updated: July 26, 2016 8:28:06 AM

Google's popular messaging app Hangouts will be phased out slowly after the launch of Android Nougat which will have a new inbuilt messaging app called 'Allo' and 'Duo'.

LTNGNX said that Google plans to combine Allo and Duo into one single platform and will work once Android Nougat is rolled out and the technology giant will gradually phase out the Hangout. (Reuters)LTNGNX said that Google plans to combine Allo and Duo into one single platform and will work once Android Nougat is rolled out and the technology giant will gradually phase out the Hangout. (Reuters)

Google’s popular messaging app Hangouts will be phased out slowly after the launch of Android Nougat which will have a new inbuilt messaging app called ‘Allo’ and ‘Duo’. Allo and Duo are Google’s latest messaging and video chatting apps unveiled during Google I/O in May this year. Though Google did provide some details but an alleged beta tester ‘LTNGNX’ was more than kind enough to give out extra information about the working of the two apps on Reddit.

Replying to a chat on Reddit, LTNGNX said that Google plans to combine Allo and Duo into one single platform and will work once Android Nougat is rolled out and the technology giant will gradually phase out the Hangout. “Allo and Duo will be default apps on Android N, while messenger app will be gradually phased out. Allo will have SMS/Google Voice support. They way it will be implemented is actually kind of nice. Allo will be associated to ONE device only, at least at first. It will be, eventually, expanded to web and more devices. No specific ETA on that one. Hangout will be phased out little by little on mobile devices. It will still be around because it is used a lot (believe it or not) on businesses,” said LTNGNX.

Saying that Hangouts is a great program, LTNGNX added, “Hangouts will continue to be around and updated for a good while. Many companies use Hangouts as their default conference software and, honestly, Hangouts is a great program that has been neglected for too long. However, Allo is the future and once it reaches feature parity with Hangouts, it will fully replace Hangouts on everything it does.”

What sounded astounding that these app will compete with Apple’s iMessage and FaceTime. “There’s actually more to say but, to summarize it all: Allo and Duo will become direct competition to Apple’s iMessage and FaceTime. This two apps are very important for Google and things will be done little by little mostly to avoid even more drama with the EU and their shenanigans. How do I know all this? I’m a third level beta tester, breaking an NDA and risking a lot trying to bring some facts and hopes to r/Android,” said LTNGNX.

The beta tester claimed that he have been testing the apps before the Google I/O event and said, “All I can say is that I have been testing Allo and Duo since before I/O….. SMS on Hangouts was and afterthought and that’s easy to tell based on how it currently works on that app. The way the code was implemented to add that feature was a hack that caused more harm than good. It’s part of the reason why Hangouts feels bloated and slow. Google tried to please as many users as possible by adding everything that has been added so far(video support, Hangouts VoIP calling capabilities, etc) Hangouts was supposed to simply be a direct replacement of the old and beloved Gchat…..Why they haven’t announced SMS/GVoice integration since I/O? It is way easier to aim for low and come out with good, than aim for good and come out with low. In other words, not to over hype things like they did with Hangouts and come out with an inferior product.”

When a user asked that if he is testing a version of the app that has SMS and also testing some kind of desktop client, LTNGNX replied, “Yes. Google normally does not do desktop applications anymore. Don’t know if that same trend will be followed with Allo and Duo. I do know that both will run eventually on Chrome OS. On this approach, Allo is priority.”

LTNGNX also said that the Google plans to release the Allo and Duo right before Nougat in order to get early feedback and the rollout may be slow to avoid the early complains that happened with Hangouts. Let’s wait for the official words from the Google to clear the rumours though the revelations sound interesting.

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