Google’s new smart messanging app Allo might launch this week
Hello, Info Enthusiasts!
Remember, at its I/O conference in May, Google unveiled a smart messaging app called Allo, which only requires your phone number to identify you. It looks like we won’t have to wait much longer to try it.
According to expert tipster Evan Blass, Allo will launch on September 21.
Hello, Allo (launches this week).
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) 18 September 2016
In some leaked screenshots show that Allo is going to focus on simplicity. The design is slicker and has cooler looking interface. Just like WhatsApp, the app uses your phone number to look for other friends who are on the app. It will also have an inbuilt Smart Reply which learns over time and will show suggestions. For instance, if someone asks, “How’re you doing?” the app might suggest you type in “Awesome!” alongside an Emoji of puppy doo-doo. You can either choose the suggestion if you wish or respond with something else on your mind and in the backend, Allo records and memories your answer, perhaps for providing the same advice next time. Smart Reply also works with photos, providing intelligent suggestions related to the content of the photo.
Allo also features the company’s AI voice assistant Google Now. User can give direct commands to the assistant or call on Google in a group chat with friends. The assistant in Allo will help get things done like Search, Maps, YouTube and Translate conversations.
Google has also introduced temporary private message mode in the app, just like Incognito Mode seen in Chrome. Company claims that the chats in private message mode will have end-to-end encryption and discreet notifications.
Google also announced its video calling app Duo at the I/O in May 2016. “Duo is a simple, fast one-to-one video calling app for everyone-whether you’re on Android or iOS, a fast or slow connection, in New York or New Delhi. Like Allo, Duo is based on your phone number, allowing you to reach anyone in your phonebook,” a Google spokesperson noted in an official blogpost.
Just like Duo, Allo too will be available for both iOS and Android.