Google launches AI-integrated chat app Allo

Google launched a new instant messaging app named Allo on Sept 21, 2016. Google Allo app is like WhatsApp platform that comes with Google Assistant integrated which can simplify small tasks for users and provide convenience while chatting or sharing files with a contact.

Allo’s launch comes close at heels after Google launched its slow-networks adaptable video chat application named Duo.

Google Allo



Here’s everything you need to know about it, including how it works and why you may use it:

What is Google Allo?

Google narrate as Allo as a messaging app for Android and iPhone users. But it does a lot more than just allow you to send messages to other people. It’s a smart messaging app in that it has the power of Google built-in and can apparently learn over time. Its interface is similar to any chat application, the integration of the artificial intelligence takes Allo’s productivity and ease of use to a new level.


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You can Download Google Allo App from Google Play Store

How does Google Allo work?

Google Allo app is similar to WhatsApp, Allo app is based on your phone number. So you can use it to send text messages to anyone in your phonebook – not just other Allo users. Apart from that, Google at the I/O had highlighted three aspects of Allo that make it unique: Expression, Google Assistant, and Security.

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Expressions or using Allo

During a demo at Google I/O, Google showed how you can use Allo to keep in touch with people. It looked like any other messaging app; chats appeared as bubbles, with one person’s chat bubbles appearing on one side in a certain color, and another person’s chat bubbles appearing on the opposite side, and you could scroll up and down to see the entire threaded conversation.

Like Facebook Messenger – you could send stickers, which Google said were sourced from artists around the world. You could also send emoji. But one of the hottest features is something called Whisper or shout. This will let you slide up or down on the send button to change the size of your reply, meaning there’s no need to write in caps all the time when you’re angry.

Continuing with this theme of giving you more ways to express yourself, Allo offers a feature called Ink that lets you get creative with photos. You can doodle on them, for instance. Allo also took the Smart Reply feature from Google’s Inbox app, so now you can quickly respond while on the go. If someone asks if you want to grab dinner, Allo might serve up responses like “I’m in” or “I’m busy”.


Google allo stickers


Allo also uses machine-learning and natural language processing in order to suggest replies on the fly, meaning it can anticipate what you want to say next and how you might say it. The more you use Allo, the better your suggestions become. And they will always be unique to you. However, because messaging isn’t just about texts, replies also contain stickers and emoji.

You’ll even see smart reply options when someone send you a photo. Allo can understand the content and context of photos, thanks to Google’s computer vision capabilities. If someone sends you a photo of pasta, you will see smart replies that include mentions of pasta, yummy, or whatever. The idea here is that assistive technology can help you communicate with little to no effort.

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Security or end-to-end encryption

All messages in Allo are encrypted. Also, Allo offers an Incognito Mode, just like Chrome browser does, meaning you get access to not only end-to-end encrypted messages but features like expiring chats and private notifications. You can therefore keep message safe from prying eyes, control how long they stick around, and permanently delete them from your device. This means that not all messages are end-to-end encrypted like in WhatsApp. Google wanted to give choice to users on which chats they want to be encrypted. But this comes with a catch as the smart reply options or Google Assistant doesn’t work in the incognito mode.

Allo advantages

Allo is tied to your phone number so you can text anyone in your phonebook. You can doodle on photos, book reservations, ask Google Assistant questions, search for information, and enter an Incognito Mode, etc. And the best part is… all of that can get done within this one, free app.

Allo also works with Google Duo.


Google Duos


What is Google Duo?

Alongside Allo, Google introduced a a simple video calling app for iOS and Android. It’s called Duo and is designed to take on Apple’s FaceTime and Microsoft’s Skype by making the system as easy as possible.


Google Allo Duo

As well as featuring end-to-end encryption, Duo will work on even slow, low bandwidth internet connections. It also sports an innovative new feature Google is calling Knock Knock. This enables Duo to show live previews before a call has even been answered. That way users can see what the caller is up to before they pick up. Google has ensured that the technology is super quick.

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