By Helen Walker
After introducing smart messaging app Allo at the I/O Conference in May, Google has finally released it yesterday. “Today, we’re releasing Google Allo, a new smart messaging app for Android and iOS that helps you say more and do more right in your chats. Google Allo can help you make plans, find information, and express yourself more easily in chat. And the more you use it, the more it improves over time,” the company wrote on its official blog.
The chat includes all the ordinary features, like sending text, photos, emojis and stickers. However, you can enlarge or reduce the text or emojis in size by simply dragging the ‘send’ button up or down and you can also write on your photos before sending them. The app offers over 25 custom sticker packs at the moment.
Now, let’s review the extraordinary features. Smart Reply feature suggests responses based on the content. For instance, if someone sends you a photo of food, its suggestions may be “good appetite” or “looks delicious”. With time, the Smart Reply also learns which phrases you prefer to use more, for instance “haha” or “lol” and makes appropriate suggestions based on your style.
Users will also have their own personal assistant in the app. “In Google Allo you’ll also be introduced to a preview edition of the Google Assistant. With your Assistant in Allo, you can have a conversation with Google — ask it questions and let it help you get things done directly in your chats. You no longer need to leave a conversation with friends just to grab an address, share your favorite YouTube video, or pick a dinner spot. Just type @google to bring your Assistant into any group chat. And of course, you can also chat one-one-one with your Assistant in Allo,” the company wrote. The Google Assistant can provide such information as news, weather, traffic, flight status and more. The assistant will initially be available in English only.
Despite that all chats in Google Allo are protected by default using TSL, there is one more feature that makes your communication even more secure. The Incognito mode features end-to-end encryption of messages and additional privacy features like discreet notifications and message expiration.
The new app is rolling out as we speak and will be available worldwide in the next few days.