Sabharwal estimates that 8 trillion SMS-based messages are sent every year.Allo, though it’s a perfectly capable and functional messaging app, has never managed to build a large user base.
Google has put a new executive in charge of the effort: Anil Sabharwal.
He led the team that created the Google Photos apps, which are perhaps the most successful Google apps of the past few years.
As part of that effort, Google says it’s “pausing” work on its most recent entry into the messaging space, Allo.
It’s the sort of “pause” that involves transferring almost the entire team off the project and putting all its resources into another app, Android Messages.
The new Chat services will be turned on for most people in the near future, though timing will be dictated by each carrier.