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post #7 of (permalink) Old 2016-08-19, 12:02 PM
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I find Google's choice to make Allo/Duo bizarre. Whenever you start a new IM system, you're starting from zero users, so the network effect is working against you. And, to make matters worse, Google's new system doesn't work on devices that don't have a phone number (!), and has fewer features than their existing IM system (Hangouts) that does voice and video calls all in one app, already has a user base and works on a PC/Mac/tablet.

This makes me seriously question the management decisions at Google, and I suspect that these new apps won't ever challenge Facebook Messenger or the other "big" IM/voice/video systems (e.g. Skype, Snapchat, etc). I suspect they won't even exceed their existing Hangouts user base.

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