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. 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. Google says the app can do things such as help make dinner plans, find answers to basic searches, and share YouTube videos. Users need only type "@google" to bring the assistant into group chats. The app permits people to converse directly with the Google Assistant to, in effect, perform searches, such as sports scores and headlines. Incognito mode encrypts messages from end-to-end for privacy and offers private notifications and expiring chats. Further, when incognito conversation threads are deleted they are gone forever. Google says Allo can send simple SMS messages to people who don't use Allo, and can also send previews of Allo-stylized messages with a link to the app for download. Google Allo is free to download from the Google Play Store and from the iTunes App Store.
Mar 2, 2017
Google improved its Allo messaging service today with more expressive tools. Allo already allows people to search for and use emoji and stickers.
Aug 15, 2017
Google today brought its assistant-backed Allo messaging application to the web. Allo on the web requires Google's Chrome browser and can only interact with Allo on Android smartphones for now (iPhone support is coming later.) Google says Allo web access requires the latest version of the mobile Allo app on your handset in order to function.
Nov 16, 2016
Google today rolled out an update to its Allo messaging app that may pepper your messages with more emoji. The Smart Smiley tool will suggest relevant emojis and stickers as people type to help spice up their missives.
May 11, 2017
Google today announced a new feature for its Allo messaging app that will take your self portraits and convert them into personalized sticker packs. Google says it is relying on neural networks to perform the behind-the-scenes magic.