Google this week clarified its future messaging plans following our twin reports about classic Hangouts and Allo. After development on the latter was paused in April, the company on Wednesday announced that it would be sunset next year. Ahead of that, Google today released what is likely one of the last updates for the smart messaging app to help users export chats.
About APK Insight: In this ‘APK Insight’ post, we’ve decompiled the latest version of an application that Google uploaded to the Play Store. When we decompile these files (called APKs, in the case of Android apps), we’re able to see various lines of code within that hint at possible future features. Keep in mind that Google may or may not ever ship these features, and our interpretation of what they are may be imperfect. We’ll try to enable those that are closer to being finished, however, to show you how they’ll look in the case that they do ship. With that in mind, read on.
Chat and media export
When Google announced this week that Allo would be deprecated in March of 2019, it laid out how users can export their data and conversations. Heading to Settings in the navigation drawer and then the “Chat” menu will reveal new options below “Chat backup” in Google Allo 27.
Users can “Export messages from chats” as a CSV file download and “Export media from chats” to download a ZIP of photos and videos. Tapping either will open Android’s standard share sheet to send the exported file to a supported service.
“We’re saying goodbye” notice
Google Allo is also notifying users of its upcoming shutdown with a “Tap to learn more” message at the top. The banner includes a link to Google’s blog post and emphasizes the new in-app export options.
How to update?
Google Allo 27 is rolling out now via the Play Store. We do not post APKs to download directly given the legal challenges associated with copyright and possibility of removal. Meanwhile, that model is perilous given Android App Bundles and Google Play’s Dynamic Delivery.
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Dylan contributed to this article