Google Debuts 'Allo' Messaging App
Google today announced Allo, a messaging application that expands the ability for expression by tapping into the new Google Assistant, all while keeping conversations secure. The app supports emoji and stickers, and a tool called "whisper shout" that lets people shrink or expand the size of text to convey volume or impact. Allo supports drawing tools, for marking up or annotating photos. It uses machine learning to guess or suggest responses that could be appropriate for the conversation — all without requiring users to type. For example, Allo was able to automatically suggest that a photo of a dog was cute. This feature is called Smart Reply. The app includes search tools similar to the GBoard keyboard app that Google recently made available to the iPhone. The app permits people to converse directly with the Google Assistant to, in effect, perform searches, such as sports scores and headlines. As for privacy and security, Google created an incognito mode for Allo that are encrypted end-to-end. It offers private notifications and expiring chats, and when incognito conversation threads are deleted they are gone forever. Allo will be the first home for the new Google Assistant. Allo will be available later this summer.
Google Releases Allo Messaging App for Android and iOS
Google today made Allo, the messaging app it first revealed back in May, available to Android and iOS devices. Allo expands the ability for expression by tapping into the new Google Assistant, all while keeping conversations secure.
Google Allo Gains GIF Search, Animated Emoji
Google improved its Allo messaging service today with more expressive tools. Allo already allows people to search for and use emoji and stickers.
Google Allo Picks Up A Few More Features
Google this week updated its Allo messaging app for Android and in the process added several new features. According to Google's Amit Fulay, Allo gains chat backup and restore, incognito mode for groups, and link previews.
Google Allo Learns Hindi and Portuguese
Google today updated its Allo messaging app with two new languages. Allo now supports Hindi and Brazilian Portuguese for both Google Assistant and Smart Reply.