Google Says Allo
There is certainly no shortage of messaging applications and some may even go so far to say that there is no need for another such app. However tech giant Google chose to ignore these factors and went ahead and launched its new messaging app called Allo.
Available across Andriod and iOS devices alike, the new messaging app is intended to be Google’s answer to applications like WeChat, Facebook Messenger and of course, Whatsapp. In order to stand out in the sea of messaging applications, Google added a unique feature to Allo.
This feature is the integration of the Google Assistant into the Allo app. The addition of the technology that is similar to Apple’s popular Siri, allows users to ask the Assistant for information in a conversational manner.
For example, asking the Google Assistant for restaurants in the area, brings up information on the closest eateries around accompanied by their ratings. By simply typing ‘@google restaurants’ or ‘@google movies now showing’, you can get the information and share it with the person you are messaging directly.
The process to sign up to Allo is fairly simple. All you need to do is input your mobile number or choose to link your Google account to the app and you will be setup. Using the app you can send messages not only to all of your contacts who are using the app, but you can also send messages to those who are not using Allo through a free SMS. The application also allows you to create groups and send chats to multiple people at once.
There is an exciting range of features built into the Allo app which allow you to send images and videos too. Just as other such apps offers quirky stickers, similarly Allo has a variety of stickers with characters like sloths and bulls.
Allo also has tracks your conversations and makes suggestions for answers to texts that you can either accept or choose to ignore. Unfortunately Allo does not offer video calling like the Facebook Messenger app or end to end message encryption like Whatsapp.
The Allo app certainly has a number of interesting features, however Google still needs to work on the security and the accuracy of the Google Assistant.
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by techtalks @TechTalks October 17, 2016 5:02 AM UTC