In case there was any doubt about the future of Hangouts and Messenger, there wasn't and I didn't report on the claims that hangouts was being phased out because they were completely without fact.

The anonymous insider from Google states:-

1. There is no such thing as a third level beta tester. There are Googlers, trusted testers, and friends and family.
2. Neither Hangout nor Messenger will be going anywhere.
3. Allo only supports Allo messages at this time, there is no cross-app messaging, Google Voice or SMS support.
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