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. Now, Allo includes a tool for seeking and using GIFs within messages. The GIF search is available by swiping left on the smiley search bar. For the daring, an "@lucky" search function will search for and send a random GIF to message recipients. Google says Allo's emoji are now animated. Touching and holding one of 10 supported emoji brings it to life when sent. Last, Google Assistant is more readily accessible within Allo. Google says it is easier to bring Google Assistant into conversations for help and suggestions. The new version of Allo is available for Android devices starting today, and will reach iOS devices soon.
Jun 15, 2017
Facebook today made it possible to share GIFs within comment threads on posts. Facebook Messenger has supported GIFs for some time; in fact, people share 25,000 GIFs in Messenger every minute, totaling some 13 billion GIFs in 2016.
Sep 21, 2016
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.
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 12, 2018
Google's GBoard application for Android devices is prepared to add a bit of smarts to the conversation. The latest version of the app will use artificial intelligence to suggest GIFs, emojis, and stickers.