Say Hello to Allo!

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There are too many ways to text someone and the much talked about Google Allo has finally joined the club. It is a smart messaging app released by Google for Android and iOS users. It does what you expect from a messaging app: sends texts, pictures, stickers and have fun group chats. So, what makes Allo stand out from the pack? Well, it has Google. Google has integrated its AI Google Assistant which uses Google’s machine learning capabilities to answer your queries, into Allo.

Features:

  • Smart Reply: Allo helps you to respond quickly while you are on the move. Using Smart Reply you can message your friends with just a tap. It also suggests responses for photos.  The suggestions improve over time and adjust to your style.

  • Photos, Emojis, Stickers: Allo provides you with a rich canvas to convey your emotions. Text and emojis can be resized by dragging the send button vertically. Photos can also be doodled upon to give them a personal touch. Moreover, it comes with more than 25 custom sticker packs to choose from.

  • Google Assistant: As mentioned above, Allo contains a preview version of Google Assistant. You can converse with the Assistant, ask it questions and allow it to help you out. You don’t have to leave a conversation to search something as you can bring your Assistant to the chat using @google.

    • Making plans: You can easily make plans for a movie or for dinner with your friends. Just add the Assistant to the chat and ask it for movie timings, restaurants or even search for flights and hotels.
    • Having Fun: The Assistant can be used to invoke games in a group chat- for instance you can play a game wherein you’ll have to guess a movie title based on a series of emojis.
    • Get Answers: Google. What more do you need?
  • Privacy: Allo allows selective end-to-end encryption. This means that you can chat with selected contacts in the Incognito mode. When you are in Incognito, the notifications are discreet and you can set timers to the chats.
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Switch to Allo?

So, the big question is should you switch to Allo? I can only answer vaguely due to the flailed attempts of Google when it comes to messaging (Hangouts, Google Plus). But now, messaging is at the center of the world and Google had to amend its ways with Allo. With the preview of the Assistant looking promising, this works out to be pretty good even though the app is limited to the mobile platforms. But as with any fresh app, Allo still needs some work.