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Allo, Duo, and Messages for web are all broken right now

Wednesday, December 5th, 2018

Hot on the heels of a report that Allo may be shutting down soon, the aforementioned service has stopped working for many. On top of that, Duo and Messages for web are currently non-functional as well, pointing to an outage somewhere upstream.

On Allo and Messages for web, messages show as pending, but are never received by their intended recipients. In Duo, the call recipient actually receives a notification that a call from the sender is incoming, though the recipient is unable to interact with it or join the call.

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Allo, Duo, and Messages for web are all broken right now was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Report: Google will kill Allo ‘soon,’ already off to a good start since it’s down right now

Wednesday, December 5th, 2018

According to a report from 9to5Google, Allo's days may be numbered. Details are admittedly sparse, but a source communicating with 9to5Google's Stephen Hall said that Google is (or was) expected to announce a shutdown of the messaging app "soon," though an additional delay could be imposed in the wake of the related news surrounding the expected "Hangouts classic" shutdown/migration.

In case you're out of the loop, Google has confirmed that "Hangouts classic," as it calls the consumer-facing version of the service, is set to die in the future, though the company adamantly defends that there are "no decisions made about when" it will be shut down.

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Report: Google will kill Allo 'soon,' already off to a good start since it's down right now was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Update: Hangouts product manager responds] Google reportedly killing Hangouts in 2020, probably launching 8 new messaging services in its place

Saturday, December 1st, 2018

For the last few years (since Google launched and the effectively killed Allo), Hangouts has been slowly dying. Bits of it have been broken off, and others were outright killed. According to a report by 9to5Google's Stephen Hall, its days are very literally numbered.

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[Update: Hangouts product manager responds] Google reportedly killing Hangouts in 2020, probably launching 8 new messaging services in its place was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Report: Google killing Hangouts in 2020, probably launching 8 new messaging services in its place

Friday, November 30th, 2018

For the last few years (since Google launched and the effectively killed Allo), Hangouts has been slowly dying. Bits of it have been broken off, and others were outright killed. According to a report by 9to5Google's Stephen Hall, its days are very literally numbered. The service is expected to shutter in the not-so-far-off year 2020.

9to5Google doesn't name its sources, but this wouldn't be an unexpected development. With Allo effectively dead (though technically still functional), it was surprising that Google kept Hangouts around as long as it did.

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Report: Google killing Hangouts in 2020, probably launching 8 new messaging services in its place was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Update: Clear skies again] Today’s forecast for Google weather includes offline servers with a chance of service interruptions

Friday, November 30th, 2018

If you're like me, the majority of your interactions with the Google Assistant are questions about the weather. What's it like now? What'll it be like tomorrow? Is it raining in Seattle? Right now, though, such questions are going unanswered, as Google seems to be having trouble delivering weather information for many.

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[Update: Clear skies again] Today's forecast for Google weather includes offline servers with a chance of service interruptions was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google ends its ‘Reply’ app experiment which brought smart replies to third-party apps

Wednesday, October 10th, 2018

Earlier this year, Google's Area 120 — a division of the company that works on experimental products — pushed out a testing program for an app called "Reply," which added Allo-style, automatically generated smart replies to other messaging apps. That functionality has made its way into other Google apps, with native support for developer implementation of the feature in Android Pie. Based on that success, it appears Area 120 is sunsetting the old Reply app itself.

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Google ends its 'Reply' app experiment which brought smart replies to third-party apps was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google’s Hangouts Chrome app will stop working ‘soon’

Friday, September 28th, 2018

Almost precisely four years ago, Google rolled out a new Chrome App for Hangouts. Initially named 'Ultra Violet' during testing, the app brought a bubbly and fun transparent UI with Facebook-style Chat Heads to Google's instant messaging platform. We hope that you didn't depend on it too much, though. According to a recent update to a support document, the Hangouts Chrome app will stop working "soon." Those of us still using Hangouts on the desktop are urged to migrate to the Head-less Chrome extension

The support document doesn't go into too much detail about the schedule to expect in the warning which now appears, only stating that it "will stop working soon." In this transition, Hangouts users are warned not to use both the app and the extension simultaneously.

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Google's Hangouts Chrome app will stop working 'soon' was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Nexus Players are mysteriously dying as loyal owners hunt for solutions

Monday, August 13th, 2018

For the last few weeks, a conspicuous amount of Nexus Player owners have been reporting that their streaming boxes have up and stopped working. The devices become unresponsive, either hanging at the Google logo during startup or displaying an error message. Some users have been able to save their devices by flashing a new system image, but others haven't been so fortunate.

Seriously, there are a lot of reports. It's not entirely unusual for a device to decline as it gets on in years, but it is weird for so many to bite the dust in such quick succession.

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Nexus Players are mysteriously dying as loyal owners hunt for solutions was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

‘Ok Google’ detection is currently broken on many phones

Tuesday, August 7th, 2018

Judging by the Google Assistant help forums, a whole lot of people are having trouble getting their phones to respond to voice commands. Twelve of the 20 top posts are complaining about the problem on several different device models and even in several languages. Google says it's on the case, though.

Posters complain that they can't activate the Google Assistant by voice on phones made by Xiaomi, OnePlus, and Samsung, among others.

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'Ok Google' detection is currently broken on many phones was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Home screen Google search bar not showing history or suggestions for some Pixel users

Tuesday, July 24th, 2018

The once-handy home screen Google search bar is acting up on Pixel devices. Many users, including some here at Android Police, are experiencing an annoying glitch that causes the bar to not show search history or suggestions of any kind.

Reports have also cropped up on Reddit. The issue is confirmed to affect the first-generation Pixel XL, as well as both the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL (and if it's happening on all those, chances are good it's happening on the smaller first-gen model, too), on both Android Oreo 8.1 and Android P Developer Preview 4.

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Home screen Google search bar not showing history or suggestions for some Pixel users was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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