Google pauses development of Allo in favor of RCS Chat

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Google has had no shortage of chat and messaging tools over the years, and the company just added another one to its list. Google’s Chat is based on the RCS (Universal Profile for Rich Communication Services) protocol which it is hoped will succeed SMS. The company is hitting pause on Allo — which only launched towards the end of 2016 — to focus resources on RCS. Google is transferring “almost all” of the team currently working on Allo to Android Messages which will ultimately feature Chat, its own RCS implementation. See also: Google loses big ‘right to be forgotten’ case…

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