Google says hello to Allo app

Alex Kidman 21 September 2016 NEWS


Google’s take on messaging includes smart replies and an inbuilt assistant.

It seems there’s nothing that Google likes more than a small experimental app or product. It has released dozens of them, with varying degrees of success. Recently it launched its Duo calling app, and even more recently Google Trips.

Google's app-du-jour is Allo, a messaging app built around smart responses and analysis of the data that Google already knows about you. Yes, once again, it’s time to trade a little of your privacy for a potentially neat new feature, presuming you can get your contacts to also use Allo.

Allo has the core kind of chat features you’d expect from any chat app, including emojis, as well as adjustable text sizes, custom stickers and group messaging. Where Allo may differ from its competition is in the fact that it allows for automated responses based on single taps and analysis of the kinds of responses you normally give, with analysis meaning the replies become smarter over time.

Google Allo also includes the inbuilt Google Assistant which allows for in-app searches while chatting, so you can answer trivia questions or find directions or whatever else you might otherwise do with a regular Google search. Google’s eventual plan is to have the chatty Google Assistant available in other Google products as well over time, with Allo just the first step.

Google Allo has launched internationally for iOS and Android platforms, but at the time of writing wasn’t yet available on the local Google Play or iTunes stores. Google’s plan is to make the app available in international markets "in the next few days".

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