Google Allo exceeds 1 million Android downloads

As you may have heard, Google's new Allo chat app launched earlier this week. Despite a generally mixed response and concerns over privacy, the new IM service has achieved plenty of installs, having already passed the million mark on the Play Store. It has become the number one free app ahead of Facebook Messenger and looks on course to emulate Google Duo -- Allo's video-focused counterpart -- which eased past the 5 million downloads mark on Android within 10 days of its roll-out. 

The count-up doesn't take into account installs on iOS, and since the Play Store only mentions that Allo is somewhere between 1 and 5 million downloads, the actual number of users on Allo could be considerably higher than a million. 

The hype of a major Google release was always going to draw downloads. Whether the search giant can convince users to swap their current assortment of chat utilities for Allo and Duo is, of course, quite a different matter. Though Allo does have its strengths, instant messaging apps are not an up-and-coming thing; most of us have, and are happy using the likes of iMessage, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp and the like. Unfortunately for Google, despite the firm's unquestionable clout, it may just be too little, too late.. 

Are you a fan of Allo? Let us know how you're finding the app by dropping us a comment below. 



1. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Wow, the Allo, just like it's Duo counterpart, has got a lot of hype going for it!

9. Bm888

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 06, 2015

the hype is a short lived one.. just people wanting to know the experience of it and then go back to their usual messaging apps

2. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

I installed it and I just don't see the point. All my friends use Hangouts, we don't even SMS anymore. So to have two new services that don't tie into Hangouts at all leave me with a situation where I'll never use these. The only people I SMS with are people on iPhones or Windows Phones and neither of those people want to(or can) install Allo so why not just keep using SMS?

13. ChrisNelson

Posts: 11; Member since: Jan 22, 2015

Absolutely, I don't see the point! Integrate sms at least, then it may be useful.


Posts: 91; Member since: Feb 13, 2011

I used Hangouts, SMS, Whatsapp, Duo, Skype. Between these communication apps no problem. Looking into to try Allo some day. I have tried Facetime, I found it was so so. I prefer Duo. IMO, Hangouts isn't quite there yet, needs some refinements.

3. Kumar123 unregistered

I am more interested in "Andromeda" news. Really excited to see what google bring in oct 4.

7. Kumar123 unregistered

* on oct 4

12. lyndon420

Posts: 6914; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Same here. Hope it's a game changer somehow.


Posts: 91; Member since: Feb 13, 2011

Quite a game changer. Notice how you can communicate friends with search results on the fly.

4. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

I'm part of that 1 million, and it was gone by the end of the day. Duo and Allo made it most of a day on my S7E, but that's it.

5. Martineverest

Posts: 521; Member since: Oct 27, 2015

good,what is the retention rate?


Posts: 91; Member since: Feb 13, 2011

Good question!! Wonders if Hangouts has a better retention rate?

6. Martineverest

Posts: 521; Member since: Oct 27, 2015

1million downloads and 500;000 unintallations?

31. gavilan355

Posts: 59; Member since: Mar 19, 2015

hahaha Right! I had high hopes for this, as Duo is pretty good. but for now, Hangouts is still the android version of iMessage, although its still laggy and not so great as iMessage. For now I'll stick to textra

8. cncrim

Posts: 1590; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

Still favor Hangouts. I dont see the point of the Allo, with Hangouts i can text and call from computer, tablet, phone etc. Allo lock to one device. Come on Google, refine Hangout instead keep make new app which in the end confusing us all.

18. Rocket

Posts: 729; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

yeah they should merge hangouts and allo.

10. Barney_stinson

Posts: 672; Member since: May 30, 2016

soo what !? android is already very big in consumer base!


Posts: 91; Member since: Feb 13, 2011

Right, really huge and it's counting...

11. lyndon420

Posts: 6914; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

It's a Google article...a few alternative suggestions are mentioned...but iMessage gets the only link back. I see how it is. ;)

15. path45th

Posts: 407; Member since: Sep 11, 2016

I haven't used any Google apps or services on my iPhone for more than 3 years.

16. Heisenberg

Posts: 378; Member since: Feb 11, 2015

Search, maps, video contents, TV

17. MKeditor

Posts: 97; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

Allo is working fine for me. I read that several people here use Hangouts. I had a problem with not all my texts went through. Some messages were never received. I have two Facebook accounts and switching between them now is a drag with all the steps. Allo has worked flawlessly so far and is lightning fast. I'm just using it for people in my inner circle fir now. It's the Honeymoon phase but I like it.


Posts: 91; Member since: Feb 13, 2011

I had the same experience with using Hangouts: some messages not went through.

19. ravi5695

Posts: 75; Member since: Feb 11, 2011

Yes... Allo is fast n it felt good using it.. it's fresh and different from other messengers.. I 1+ Google's effort... And I Don't know why people complain about no SMS facility.. Noone use SMS now a days.. it's out of date and i think people should give Allo some time to involve and get up to the level of other messengers.. while it's still good..


Posts: 91; Member since: Feb 13, 2011

Right. But we can't deny SMS for its reliability and simplicity.

29. Gibscreen

Posts: 32; Member since: Jun 03, 2014

I've got unlimited sms. Messaging apps use data. Why would I want to use data when I can get the same thing for free?

20. joevsyou

Posts: 1093; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

and it got deleted 1 million times too!. Allo does nothing new like the other 50 messaging apps out there. the SMS function is half ass.

27. willywanta

Posts: 502; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

I use whatsapp most of the time. But it is quite bland and boring. No stickers, no in-app doodling. BBM and LINE have richer features but very few of my friends use them.

28. Gibscreen

Posts: 32; Member since: Jun 03, 2014

Thought it would support sms. As soon as I realized it didn't, uninstalled.

30. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2125; Member since: May 29, 2014

I still use Allo. I like it. Got my inner circle of friends on that and my business is handled via BBM. iMessage wasn't perfect when it made its debut in a crowded field. Far from it. So I'm willing to give Allo a chance to evolve.

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