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Hangouts may not be a dead app walking after all.
It sure seemed like the social app s days were numbered after Google s splashy rollout of Allo and Duo, its new fancy, AI-driven messaging and video chat apps.
But a Google spokesperson confirmed an earlier report that Hangouts is staying put in the company s portfolio of mobile and desktop apps.
Down the road Google could eventually nudge those users toward Allo, or integrate some of Allo s smart replies and search capabilities, with an eye toward business and productivity.
Why this matters: Google has to keep two sets of users in mind as it tries to refocus its messaging efforts.
The consumer push will be with Allo and Duo, which are cross-platform apps that infuse new messaging strategies with Google s new Digital Assistant.