Allo is Google's smart new messaging app that learns from the way you talk

Allo is Google's smart new messaging app that learns from the way you talk
'Allo' is a 'smart' messaging app designed by Google to make conversations easier, and at the same time, more expressive. Like 'Hangouts', the app integrates with your phone number, letting you call or message anyone in your phonebook. It also takes advantage of Google's machine learning algorithms to introduce 'smart features' that keep conversations going. 'Allo' boasts 'Smart Reply', a function which learns from your responses over time and shows reply suggestions that fit your style.

The feature also works with photos, recognizing photographed objects and providing intelligent suggestions for replies based on what you've seen. For example, if your friend shows you a photo of tacos, Smart Reply might give you suggestions like “yummy” or “I love tacos.” 'Allo' integrates with the Google assistant functionality as well, letting you chat one-on-one or call on it while in a group chat with friends. This way, you'll no longer have to switch between apps, as functions like Search, Maps, YouTube and Translate are brought to all your conversations by the assistant. You can straight up ask it for things like your agenda for the day, details of your flight and hotel, or photos from your last trip and count on it delivering the information you seek.

Additionally, 'Allo' features 'Incognito' mode with end-to-end encryption and discreet notifications for secure messaging. The app will be available on Android and iOS this summer.



1. greenelektron

Posts: 537; Member since: Sep 10, 2014

This is so exciting! Hope it will be available internationally at launch

2. surethom

Posts: 1730; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

Knowing google it will be at least 6 months before google launch outside America, which is so so annoying

3. NexusX

Posts: 613; Member since: May 16, 2013

why can't duo and allo be combined into one app and named...Hangout?

4. djkhalid

Posts: 156; Member since: Jul 01, 2013

no we need a new sms app not this. google messenger sucks

6. TerryTerius unregistered

Curious, what do you dislike about messenger?

5. skymitch89

Posts: 1453; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

I think that the biggest question most people will have is if someone is using Allo and sends a sticker with enlarged font to a person that is using a different messaging app (say Samsung's Messaging or Verizon's Message+), will the person receiving the message see the sticker (my though would be that it comes through a mms) and the enlarged font?

7. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Thanks but no thanks...don't need the spyware adding my conversation pattern to some ghost profile...ready to uninstall/disable that sh*t if it comes with Android N.

8. bossman

Posts: 264; Member since: Jan 27, 2016

So google is able to look at your photo. What if someone sends you a nude photo?

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