Google Allo is getting in-chat translations, adaptive icon support

Image source: Android Police

Google's chat app Allo is receiving another update, this one adding in-chat translations for everyone and adaptive icon support for users running Android 8.0 Oreo.

The translation feature is pretty simple to use. All you need to do after you update, is to long-press a message and the Google Translate icon will pop up at the top of your screen. Tap the icon and the message will be automatically translated. To hide the translation, long press the message bubble again and tap "Undo."

Interestingly, the translation feature is available in group chats only, and not in one-on-one conversations, Android Police reports.

The other main new feature in this Allo update comes in the form of adaptive icon support on devices running the latest version of Android. Android has traditionally lacked any rigorous rules about the size and shape of app icons, and this doesn't really change in Oreo, but the latest version of the OS introduced a bunch of "masks", or styles, that grants users the freedom to transform all the icons on their devices into one of four different shapes—square, rounded square, squircle, or teardrop—which does give Android an all-around more uniform look. Further, Adaptive Icons actually represent a new standard for making icons on Android, which should make it much easier for developers to design icons that can look good and adapt to various different shapes. Allo's icon is now optimised to work within different shapes.

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6 Comments

1. kick413

Posts: 162; Member since: Sep 16, 2012

Allo is integrated with duo, give this app sms and this would be the app for Android.

2. bucknassty

Posts: 1345; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

Have it change color like iMessage, this is the messenger we need

3. vincelongman

Posts: 5699; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

I wish Google would do that Blue for Allo Teal for RCS Green for SMS But I doubt it, the Allo team don't seem to want to add SMS and RCS support

5. bucknassty

Posts: 1345; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

do you know which apps support RCS? i think verizon messenger and samsung messages do, and maybe the LG messenger does.

6. vincelongman

Posts: 5699; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Depends on your carrier I believe Android messages (from Google), Samsung messages and verizon messenger Maybe more, I haven't really been keeping up since I'm from NZ where Facebook Messenger has taken over

7. bucknassty

Posts: 1345; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

Gotcha, i think its time for me to make the full switch to facebook messenger. this RCS is taking too long to go through and standard SMS and MMS are boring with too many limitations.

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