Few months before, a new real-time communication app named
Allo was launched by Google. Google’s Allo, while has a clean and extremely
easy to use interface, much like WhatsApp, it does have some of new features
Allo directly competes with the currently dominating
WhatsApp, an app Messenger owned by Facebook, in the messaging apps market.
Will Allo be able to break the pack and stand out in such
a cluttered market?
Let’s try to figure out!!
Features of Google Allo:
· Allo is available on both the Android and iOS
· It isn’t necessary to sign in from a Google
account like Google’s other apps. You need only a verifiable phone number with
yourself and you will be using the app in seconds.
· It have a basic interface. Your contacts who
are already registered on the app, you can chat with them in a dedicated
screen, or you can create a group.
The list doesn’t finishes here, Allo also has some new
features integrated into the app.
1. Google Assistant
Allo has a more refined and personalized version of
Google Now. As Facebook possesses chatbots and Apple have Siri, you can talk
with Google bot, and ask questions from and even make it perform simple tasks.
You can talk with Google bot in two ways: Either you can
simply type @google in any conversation window or you can use the dedicated
chat screen and ask Google anything.
As an example, imagine you were on a chat with a friend
planning about to go out on a hill station. Instead of going to Google Search
to book an accommodation in a hotel, you can simply type “@google make hotel reservations”
and Google will show you options to book hotel for that hill station.
2. Smart Replies
Smart Replies, a feature in Allo app will automatically
suggests you replies and responses based on the messages you receive.
aren’t just pre-programmed lines like ‘I am good’ and ‘ok bye’.
Advanced machine learning algorithms have been used by
the Google to learn the most common replies, the suggestions are personalized
and quite similar to ones you would have actually used.
For example, someone asks you ‘What’s up?’ you generally
reply ‘Nothing much’, and someone else replies ‘Idling around, WBU?’ In some
time, Allo will learn these common replies and suggest you smart replies when a
similar question/message comes up.
These smart replies aren’t just limited to English. You
will get such suggestions in any language you use.
Whisper and Shout
Many of us blame text messaging as it couldn’t convey
emotions and the messages may be misunderstood.
Well, Google takes a step forward for those complainers.
When you have typed your message, you can simply drag the send button up and
down that will enlarge and shrink your message, so as to give an expression of
either shouting or whispering.
4. Incognito Mode
As Chrome has the Incognito Mode, where you can browse
without registering anything in the browser’s history, there is an Incognito
Mode in Allo where you can talk to your contact list persons with the messages
expiring after a fixed time.
You can’t save these texts as screenshot and as these are
encrypted messages, the recipient can neither do that.
The Incognito Mode Chatting will also restrict Google’s
access to your texts and the learning algorithm completely ignores the messages
when Incognito. So as, recommendations or suggestions provided to you won’t save
the actions performed while in Incognito Mode.
5. Other Noteworthy Features
Allo also has some minor tweaks to features that we are
already using in other apps to make things more convenient.
You can edit your pictures With Allo, before sending
them, directly in the app such as scribbling and drawing things.
has some limitations.
As WhatsApp users prefer multi-platform messaging, it may
be a losing situation for Google Allo in making the app only compatible with
smart phones rather than integrating it across all platforms.
Also, the app cannot send text messages. It can allow you
to send a link to install Allo to you contacts. These drawbacks make Allo lag
behind when compared to Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, and iMessage which
currently have a firm grasp on the market.
It looks like a confusion in Google’s communication
services department further adds to their woes.
Their complete communication
services now include 4 apps:
Hangouts for messaging your Google contacts.
Google Messenger for sending texts to a phone
Allo for messaging someone in your phone
Duo for video/audio calling.
The revolutionary features provided by Allo, are good
with doubt. The more personalized Assistant, the smart replies are worthy, and we
have to be fair when we are talking about Google. Allo does a wonderful job
when integrated with Google that can tap into the huge pool of data available.
But for now, I still don’t see as many contacts on Allo
as there are on my WhatsApp list.
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