Sometimes you have to wonder if Google's various departments have a problem communicating with each other. The company is notorious for making new products and services which end up competing with their other products and services. The latest example of Google competing with themselves is the just announced Google Allo. It's basically a new messenger app service designed to go toe-to-toe with What's App. What makes Allo standout is that it seamlessly integrates other Google services like YouTube, Maps, and Search. It will also offer "smart replies" so users can chat with Google's new virtual assistant. The awkward thing is that they already started down this road with Hangouts, so basically everything Hangouts can do, Google Allo can now do as well. Despite this conundrum, Google assures us that Hangouts will continue. A Google spokesperson said, "We're continuing to invest in Hangouts and it will remain a standalone product." Google also sees Hangouts as a product designed to focus more on the enterprise level. Here's a quote with more of the details, "For one, Hangouts is tied to Google's enterprise For Work products that's aimed at business customers, and which includes Gmail and Docs, and is available on desktop. Allo, by contrast, is mobile only, doesn't require a Gmail account, and is focused on the power of artificial intelligence." ~ BusinessInsider What do you folks think? Couldn't they have married much of Hangouts functionality into Allo, and then simply branded it as a vastly improved Hangouts?