Allo developer hints at SMS support, other highly-requested features possibly coming to the app

Allo developer hints at SMS support, other highly-requested features possibly coming to the app
Co-lead for Allo, Justin Uberti, has posted a list of highly-requested features for Google's new messaging app on his Twitter page. Ending the short publication with “That's all I can say (zipper-mouth emoji),” it wouldn't be too far-fetched to assume that Mr. Uberti is probably not just tweeting this at random with the intent of informing us what customers of Allo want the most, but rather to hint at what's coming in the near future.

Knowing Google, we were not all that surprised, albeit generally disappointed, by Allo's limited functionality at launch. It is nothing out of the ordinary for the Big G to launch a service in beta-like status and improve on it with time, and we'd be willing to bet that all these features Mr. Uberti tweeted about, if not more, will be coming to Allo in the following months. Here is the tweet in question:

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20 Comments

1. st1114g

Posts: 11; Member since: May 06, 2009

I sure would love to see Google Voice number implementation too.. so one app to fill them all!!!

4. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

All the requested features in one app sounds great. But who the hell uses carrier SMS these days?

5. RoarLions

Posts: 5; Member since: Sep 04, 2014

SMS support means carrier messaging integration and replacement. MOST people still use SMS. Therefore, any app that doesn't support SMS is doomed to fail

6. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

I really can't remember when I sent an SMS last time. I use Whatsapp alot.. I like Allo but I seriously doubt that the Google will convince me to completely switch to Allo from Whatsapp...

7. justrt

Posts: 446; Member since: Jul 10, 2014

You don't live in the US, do you? SMS is still huge here. That's why iMessage is so big.

8. Enadhof

Posts: 16; Member since: Sep 07, 2016

80% SMS (inc iMessage), 18% Facebook messenger, 1% Whatsapp and 1% other in Australia. It's interesting that US and Australia are using so much SMS and barely any Whatsapp compared to other countries. I've tried to get people to use Whatsapp but none of my friends are keen on it

14. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

I can see most using Whatsapp. However, if family and friends don't want to download the app. You have but no choice but to use a carrier based SMS.

16. andriodfanboy1

Posts: 164; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

I use alot sms but also use w app

20. logicsdude

Posts: 83; Member since: Jun 25, 2014

I've sent sms through Allo. Am I not supposed to be able to do that yet?

9. jove39

Posts: 2145; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

I'd love to have full google voice integration...make phone calls etc.

15. wkm001

Posts: 145; Member since: Feb 04, 2014

That is precisely where Hangouts went wrong. No way in hell that will happen again.

2. fancollo

Posts: 130; Member since: Dec 30, 2015

file sharing a must - duo integration with voice only - assistant in other languages (english is not native for a, let's say, majority of this planet) - and desktop integration. themes is just cosmetics, not features that change how it works.

3. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Told ya, it's just getting started. All improvements coming via a simple app update instead of requiring a whole new OS. In no time, all those feature demands will be met and exceeded...

10. Vagabondjonez

Posts: 157; Member since: Jan 21, 2016

All those features should've been there from day one.

11. Landon

Posts: 1244; Member since: May 07, 2015

I completely agree. I was looking forward to using it but as soon as I learned it didn't include SMS, I lost interest.

12. XDAdam

Posts: 276; Member since: Feb 03, 2016

Google better hurry and push out at least some of these features if they want Allo to stay alive... and to keep me from jumping ship to iOS (eta: one month).

13. ProblemSolver15

Posts: 372; Member since: Jun 14, 2010

Don't talk about it, be about it.

17. andriodfanboy1

Posts: 164; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

In country like

18. andriodfanboy1

Posts: 164; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

In country like

19. andriodfanboy1

Posts: 164; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

In country like pak or other Asian countries where sms bundles are alot cheaper and reliable than Internet people still perfer sms over anything

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