Google has officially launched an standalone smart messaging app, Allo, for everyone. Earlier in May this year, Duo video calling app and Allo chat app launch was announced at its I/O developer conference by Google.
The company officially launched Duo in last month which crossed 10 million downloads in just a month.
This messaging app comes with a built-in search engine. It has Google Assistant integration and uses the phone number as primary user identification method. Users can also link their Google account to the app.
Messaging app Allo comes with stickers, doodles, and HUGE emojis & text. One of the important features is the aforementioned built-in search, which allows users to initiate Google searches by just typing @google followed by the search query. This means that users don’t have to leave the chat window for searching information relevant to the current conversation.
It has smart reply system that lets you keep the conversation moving with a single tap by suggesting text and emoji responses based on your personality. For example, it learns if you’re more of a “haha” or “lol” person so the more you use Google Allo, the more “you” the suggestions become.
Here you can get creative with the photos you send by doodling on them or adding text. You can draw a smiley face, turn your friends into memes, and mix in some color.
All chats in Google Allo are encrypted using industry standard technologies like Transport Layer Security (TLS) with a step beyond this and Google created a mode within Google Allo called Incognito(h/t Chrome). When you chat in Incognito mode, messages have end-to-end encryption and additional privacy features like discreet notifications and message expiration.
Google Allo comes with some interesting features and is likely to give competition to the likes of WhatsApp and Hike. However, the app lacks features like document sharing and calling, which are there in WhatsApp.