Google Inc. releases the Google Allo app, a smart messaging app for Android and iOS that gets a lot more done with chats. Google Allo helps make plans, find info and enable an individual to express more easily in a chat. Furthermore, regular usage improves the convenience over time.
Google Allo app is the company’s attempt to develop a smart messaging app that along with staying in touch by chats, one can plan and find info too. It is made-up to have your conversation going alongside providing assistance when necessary. Google Inc. is hoping Allo will develop into a platform, like many giant messaging apps have by now. It does offer some distinctive features that are vivid from the current most used ones.
Here are the features of Google Allo App
Smart Reply Feature
Smart Reply is a feature that Google Inc. first debuted for Gmail inbox in November 2015. Basically Google Allo app time and again offers propositions for what to reply based on the context of the discussion. This gives up till three suggestions. Additionally Smart Reply tries to learn your protocol in conversations and offers responses for texts as well as for photos.
This feature in Allo gets very handy when it not just learns from which suggestions you tap, but also from what you type. Nevertheless, the personalization is restricted as of now as Google is sanitizing the frameworks behind the feature.
Emojis and Incognito Mode
Today messaging apps need to have an array of non-text options to become enduring. Previously, Google Inc. had teamed up with autonomous artists and studios globally to create 25 custom emoji packs. Google Allo app stands out by having you make emojis and text larger or smaller in size by simply dipping the send button up or down. Furthermore, one can write on photos before sending them, a feature very similar to Snapchat.
Google Allo app encrypts chats. Nonetheless, this is not by default. Instead, an individual has to opt to chat in Incognito mode. The Incognito mode has been a successive feature of Google Chrome. Conversations in Incognito mode have end-to-end encryption, cautious notifications and message termination. For added safety, the user can set how long messages will last.
However, similar to Incognito usage in Chrome, one needs to start a new Incognito chat to use these benefits. Nevertheless, dissimilar to Chrome, shutting the chat does not make one lose it. The chat stays until the user overtly deletes it. Yet, it’s still there for whomever the user was chatting to.
Google Allo app is the primary place where the recent Google Assistant is available. Nevertheless, it will be the first time where one will be able to have conversation with Google. This appears to be chatting with Google Search and Google Now at the same time. On questioning the Assistant, it tries hard to help the user directly in the chat window. Furthermore, there are two ways to prompt Google Assistant. One is directly on launching the Google Allo app. The other one is to bring it into any conversation by simply typing @google ahead of the message. Google Inc. suggests using Google Assistant to make plans with friends, get information or just plainly have some fun.
With so many distinctive features to offer, the future beholds the success of the Google Allo app in the smart-messaging industry.
Well,the most positive issue of this Allo is that the Three-way conversation between The user and their friend and Google. Instant facts and News are appreciable. Incognito Mode,Artificial Intelligence etc are the Ice cream Topping points. But the small issue is that using incognito mode when one person set a time for 5secs and at that time the person is offline and the Google’s clock counts and after 5s the message is deleted.So the message isn’t received by the receiver. Way appreciable and loved It ❤
I agree. Really displaces Whatsapp. The integration of Google is like Siri in android. Just say hey siri and see the reaction. But it needs some basis functions..all phone contacts and allo contacts are mixed which is kinda confusing. No message info no calling option no forwarding no contract details and. Many other. Otherwise its really nice
Now that’s how Google kill it Very well designed, launched keeping all the possible updates in any messenger app, till now it’s far better than any other messaging app. Loved the new features especially the suggestions. All I can say is allo has no demerits or lack points as of now, if the beginning is so strong, m too excited for further updates. Awesome work??
Need more features Allo is lacking few features and settings control over what’s app… This is the place team needs to look at for giving greater competition… For example, I only see an option to turn on/off auto media download, however, it would be great for having this option separated on data and WiFi which would give more control for app users… I like it and looking forward to more features from Google…
Google Assistant won me over As far as chat apps’ UI goes, Allo is pretty good. Google assistant is refreshingly new. Love the use of stickers in chat. However, the lack of different formats of file sharing and voice/video calling kinda marred the whole edge-over-other-standard-chat apps for me. Integration of Google drive would be appreciated.
So now WhatsApp get a real competitor…!! Let’s now see the real face off. Excited to see the tactics both would bring about in the coming days. But first sight, I am in love with Allo. Just a matter of people start using it and then WhatsApp will be warming the bench…!! This is what happens in the technical world. You are the king until a good warrior comes…!! 4 stars for its simplicity and unique AI and its small size compared to all other similar apps. But it still lacks a bit. Love some features such as sending a link and including assistant in between chats is awesome. But still, No PDF files can be sent…cannot see the online status or last seen kinda thing… Can’t customize much..hope we see a better version soon..?
Excitement met reality I was so excited about Allo. I was waiting eagerly for release, and this is what happens. It just feels unfinished. Distinct lack of features and no SMS in particular? Come on Google. I’m going to keep this installed but, like Duo, probably not going to use it until it gets more features.
One of the best messaging app.. though it’s a baby till now and I am already loving it… as the time will pass google is surely going to improve and add new things to it to make it a competitive beast.. happy till now. Things needed are media sharing, last seen, privacy and other innovations too.. It needs more features like calling, gif support, documents sharing, video calling and lots more. I, for a fact, know that there is a duo and you can use it to make video calls, but honestly, the point of building a smart assistant into the chat app is to make the usage easy and not navigate between apps but navigating to another app to make a video call? I don’t know how sure I am about it.
Niche… As far as how the app itself works for chatting, I love it! No lag, and it feels very snappy. The text size modifier, hidden time stamps, typing indicator, received check mark, and assistant are all really well done! I just wish it could do SMS so I could use this as my single text app. It would be amazing if Duo was baked right into it as well. I’m not really sure I’ll keep it because I don’t want Messenger, Hangouts, and Allo on my phone at the same time. I don’t want to make all my friends switch either.
Could it be the ugly duckling? Google Messenger is a beautiful app and Google’s new baby Allo, is not. What is with the circular background in chat windows? I feel like I’m back in the nineties?! One of the best features of Messenger is customized colors for your contacts and that feature isn’t part of Allo. No match for WhatsApp. It has a long way to go.
Groups take this app completely down. There are numerous groups in WhatsApp which bring more traffic. With no admin and share join link option it is a big NO. Can’t use WhatsApp for groups and Allo for the chat. I have telegram, WhatsApp, and Allo. I would like you to have one app. Not many. Having a separate app for video is still fine. Telegram is a good app, better than WhatsApp, but it cannot get traction due to fewer users. If Allo needs more people, get all features n then release rather than releasing a beta kind. Actually, it has a long way to go Add SMS integration and the ability to send messages via a web browser, then this app will be useful. An integrated video call button that will launch Duo would help too. Manually switching between apps for similar functions kills the experience for me. Adding a few new features to Hangouts seems like a better idea than to fragment into separate apps. My 2 cents. If you want an app for everyone to use there needs to be more of a reason than just the assistant. I was looking forward to this app replacing Hangouts after the moat recent update, but without a desktop support and SMS abilities, what is the point? I appreciate the assistant and the instant message capabilities but it seems like the most desired features have still been left on the floor
I think it’s a great chat app, especially with Google Assistant! This is not designed as an SMS app, more as a competitor to WhatsApp or Facebook Messenger. The real focus here is the Google Assistant, which can set reminders, tell you sports info, check the weather for you, and so much more. The Assistant is available within chats within friends as well, and can provide nearby places to eat, movie times, and ways to book reservations and purchase tickets. Important features that are missing (in my opinion): Integration with/shortcut to Google Duo, desktop app, and partial compatibility with Hangouts (should fallback to Hangouts if user doesn’t have Allo installed but does have Hangouts, if the user doesn’t have Hangouts or isn’t logged in, falling back to SMS)
A few more updates and it’s perfect. 1. It needs a web client. Do something like web WhatsApp but a web client is essential. 2. Needs Duo integration and voice calls. Make Allo and Duo as one complete system. 3. Need gif support as in finding gifs and sharing immediately. Facebook messenger does this really well. 4. People mentions should work well and notifications should be sent. 5. Google Assistant and smart replies are brilliant. 6. Needs SMS integration. Don’t know who uses SMS yet but people still use iMessage because of SMS integration
I don’t care about reviews from others. This is a great app. Sure, it needs to take care of a few essential features as well, but at least it has potential to beat WhatsApp.
Has potential but not usable yet If you only talk to other Android user that have this app installed and you ONLY use this app to converse then it’s a nice upgrade from others apps, that is until you go to leave it and realize you have to register. With all that said, I won’t be using this app as it is terrible if you are texting an apple user or someone who doesn’t want the allo app. Additionally, hangouts has more communication options for Android to android. This app has potential but I award Google no points for this one.Google is onto something with Allo, but it’s not ready for prime time. If you want to see wide-scale adoption (cross platform!), You NEED to implement native SMS support like Hangouts. Also desperately needed: a desktop and tablet client. Linking to a phone number is a good idea, but you should also be able to sign in with Google account on tablets / PCs to message from there.
few improvements n it can beat any existing msngr make the UI a bit better – no white background, make the panel displaying name/grpName opaque and fill color, the chat msgs colors should b light, spacing b/w msgs should b lessened so tht user can view more msgs in a frame. Adhoc changes- allow multiple msg selection, voice calling.hope it helps
I really like it Don’t know about others but I’m finding it really good. Yes it is not as popular as the established one’s..but soon it’ll be. The start is promising. Assistant is great but needs to improve a bit of suggestions. Really love the stickers part. I would love to see ppl using it more so that it is easier to group with ppl. Also a desktop version would be great addition like whatsapp. Looking forward to use it more and see it improve. Cheers.
No SMS intergration, even though Google said Allo would have it? I LIKE this app. I WANT to use this app. I WANT my friends to use it. But cmon, Google, no SMS integration is shooting yourself in the foot. Right now I am trying to get my wife to adopt it. Collaborating with Google Assistant is awesome and has so much potential. However, because SMS isn’t integrated, I predict both her and I will eventually forget about this app, and default back to Messenger, since that is where the majority of my conversations are happening.
It is OK… Want SMS integration, need to give an ability to make default, ability to use Allo on a computer, ability to save picture if drawn on before sending, and force everyone to ditch their messaging app made by the manufacturer and force them to Allo. If you want to be as good or better than iOS messenger you need to deliver same functions or go beyond. Granted when I saw iOS messenger with their whisper/shout function I cringed a little. 4 stars may be a little generous but I just want more from this app.
No GV support No Google voice integration so I hate it already. Not going to set this up on a prepaid number so it’s DOA for me. Just bring back GTalk already and integrate it into Android so we finally have something that looks and sounds like iMessage. That’s what most people want and this is just another messenger that people are going to bug family and friends to adopt. It was hard enough to convince people to start using hangouts and now there is a new one.
Needs a lot of work… They are behind the ball right out of the gate. Why doesn’t Allo have all the current emoji that even Google’s own keyboard provides? That’s pretty odd. There is definitely a lot of potential though (Assistant, Incognito chats) and I’ve convinced 2 iOS users to put up with it for me (formerly putting up with WhatsApp for me).
Some features + real sms needed Liking messages is something groupme has that I feel is great in a messaging app and this doesn’t have that. It would also be great to have a way of talking to people directly in a group chat like how in groupme you can do @name and it comes up in bold and gives the recipient an extra notification. Also the way texting is set up where recipients are basically sent a glorified ad to download allo makes it impossible to use as an SMS app