Google confirms it's shutting down one of its chat apps


CNBC—Google is shutting down chat app Allo by mid-2019 to focus fully on its Messages product.

Google is taking on one of Microsoft’s smartest acquisitions with a new tool for app developers (GOOG, GOOGL, MSFT). On, Tuesday, Google launched Flutter 1.0, a new open-source toolkit for developers to design mobile apps. The idea is that app developers can write an app once, and deploy it on both Apple iOS and Android. Flutter is similar conceptually to Microsoft's Xamarin, a $400 million acquisition in 2016 that helped Microsoft rope developers in to its Microsoft Azure cloud. Flutter could, perhaps, do the same for Google and Google Cloud.  Google is touting Flutter as having some unique features over the...