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Google isn't abandoning Hangouts for its new chat apps

Engadget Engadget 19/05/2016 Mariella Moon
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The launch of Google's new chat apps Allo and Duo doesn't mean death for Hangouts. A spokesperson told Business Insider that the company is "continuing to invest in Hangouts" and that "it will remain a standalone product." While these two new applications make big G's messaging products a bit convoluted for the average user, they all cater to different audiences. As BI noted, Hangouts is a cross-platform app tied with Google's enterprise offerings, and offices will most likely continue using it.

Allo, on the other hand, is a mobile app more comparable to WhatsApp, Messenger and Line. You don't even need a Gmail account to sign up -- all you need is a phone number. Google introduced Allo, along with its video calling companion Duo, at I/O today. The company describes it as a smart messaging app imbued with the powers of artificial intelligence. It can conjure up automatic replies, make reservations for you in-app and even has an Incognito mode for encrypted messaging. Allo and Duo won't be out until sometime this summer for both iOS and Android users, so you'll have to make do with your simpler chat apps for now. Business Insider

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