Google just release new app call Google Allo. Google has Hangouts, Messenger, Google Plus messaging and now Allo. So what’s make Google Allo different from all of these messaging apps available on the Google Play store and if it’s even worth considering over the more popular third-party messengers.
Google Allo works for both Android and iOS and when you first open it up it’s going to make you register your phone number in order to chat with your friends who also have Google Allo.
You can still link your Google account but it’s not going to be used to back up your messages like WhatsApp or you can communicate with others through their email addresses like Google Hangouts.
So just to make it clear you probably won’t be using this as your main text messaging application because when you send SMS to a friend who doesn’t have Allo they will receive your message but they’re a random five-digit number instead of your personal one.
In other words, you can still text a non-registered contact and they can respond to your messages but it would just look like they’re texting a telemarketer on their end until they install Allo.
Unlike Hangouts you can only use Allo on your phone and not on your tablet or computer and if you switch to a different device you will have to set up the app all over.
You lose your chats profile pic save name and so on.
What Makes Google Allo Better
Those are the only reasons you might not use this messenger but here is what makes it all the better.
When you begin chatting with your friendsmyou can send pictures videos animated stickers voice messages to your location and regular messages with an emoji but when you dig deeper you can send gigantic text to make it look like you’re yelling or even tiny font to whisper by scrolling up and down on the send icon.
There’s also little tick marks to let you know the status of your sent messages a white check means it’s been sent green means it’s been received and two check marks means it’s been read. I don’t know where I’ve seen that before 🙂
You can also tell when your recipient is typing something because three dots will begin to animate on the far left so those are all features we’ve seen before but this is where google takes it one step further.
When you receive a message you have suggestions on what to send next.
Most responses may seem a bit dull but if you’re someone who has a hard time keeping the conversation flowing this could be your best friend.
Not only that but if you type @google you can use google to help you find information on a specific topic.
If you type hamburger it will show you nearby hamburger joints along directions the menu pictures a phone number and even an option to reserve a table right there in the conversation.
Also if you or your friend mentioned a popular keyword a google suggestion might appear right next to the automated replies.
So where do these automated replies come from?
It’s a feature called Google Assistant you can think of this as Google now being a contact on your phone where you can ask anything and it will most likely find the answer for example if you’re bored it will find ways to entertain you keep you updated on the news, find restaurants or events nearby, the weather, translation, sports and much more.
Let’s say the AI get something wrong you can tap on the thumbs down button to give it feedback so maybe next time it does it better or if you like what it’s responding you can give it a thumbs up.
It’s a great feature as we can get most of information within a conversation and not have to open up a third party app instead.
There’s also an option to chat privately. You basically start and incognito chat. This will make your messages disappear after a set time period and have them be encrypted end to end.
Notifications you receive won’t display the details and it’s very easy to differentiate from a regular conversation.
So that’s basically how Google Allo works it does show a lot of potential especially with Google Assistant being its main pillar but no SMS integration is a bit of a step back.