Google Allo is now available for download

Google Allo is now available for download

As was suggested over the weekend by Evan Blass, Google's Allo instant messaging service is now available to download. Announced alongside the video-focused Duo back at its I/O developer conference, Allo has finally begun to roll out a month later than its counterpart. 

Both Duo and now Allo are tied to your phone number rather than your Google account, and where Duo concentrates on video chat, Allo touts more traditional IM fare. Comparable to the likes of WhatsApp and iMessage, Google Allo carries a number of like-minded features like sticker packs, though it does also include some unique quirks. 

Indeed, Allo arrives with its own Assistant akin to Google Now, which can readily answer your questions and queries with the '@Google' command. It's all very convenient, though one perceived downside is that there's no support for traditional SMS. Yep, if you're going to be chatting to your buddies through Allo, they'll need the app too, which is quite a big ask given that many will not wish to diversify their IM app collections any further. 

On Android, at least, the perpetually backgrounded Google Play Services will ping contacts you message via Allo -- even if they have yet to download the app. Upon receiving the notification, they can even respond to your message regardless of whether Allo is installed. This will not stretch to those on iOS or any other platform but since Android belongs to Google, the company has certain carte blanche over how far its new chat app can reach. The fact that Google Play Services can act as a mediator between Allo users and non-Allo users on Android could be a major boon for Google in its quest to disrupt the major, pre-existing chat apps. 

The roll-out is now taking place, though dependent on your region, it could take a while before the official Play Store / App Store links below will let you download the app. Impatient Android users can try their luck with the APK currently floating around, which can be found here.

We'll have a full walkthrough of Google Allo in the near future, so stay tuned. 

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21 Comments

1. AlikMalix unregistered

I'm hoping that this will have so much downloads that everyone abandons every other android texting app (same with Dou) and this will be standard to android like iMessage is for iOS. So far o have hangouts for video calls with android using customers and most android users do not use it actually. But they need to add ability to text with others who do not have this app - like iMessage does.

4. Zylam

Posts: 1809; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

How can it, you need a phone number. Google has gone backwards. I was so hoping google would by whatsapp and turn it into hangouts. Android desperately needs an iMessage like service built in. When you are on iOS everyone's got iMessage. But when you have an android, there's no clear communication standard. Before people comment on "text messages" yea sure let's buy a 800 dollar phone and use 2 decades old technology. I've been holding onto hangouts ever since it came out but even I've lost hope. Allo will fail, unfortunately. Unless they built Allo and Dua right into Android 8. Now that would be awesome.

6. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Yea but I haven't used anything but WhatsApp in months and the regular text message only gets used for spam from random companies now. Internet based is the future and my hope is that they integrate the web based messaging platforms with unified standards. That way you can use any Messaging app you prefer like you can with SMS right now just with Internet based ones instead.

8. vincelongman

Posts: 5645; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

I think it depends on the region and age From what I've heard SMS is still dominants in the US and Australia WhatsApp dominants Europe and India WeChat dominants Asia In my country, NZ SMS is still popular with adults Most my friends (around 20) use Facebook Messenger now days

11. rick_mobile

Posts: 358; Member since: Dec 13, 2010

I just installed it. It's WAAAAAY better than I expected. This app s**ts on any other messaging app you've used before, even iMessage. Just having google assistant and now on tap integrated Sh*ts all over everything else. Texting google assistant inside the app is so useful and fkn' AWESOME!!

15. Scott93274

Posts: 6030; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

.... The app still says Registered for me in the Play Store... :( I must wait apparently.

16. meanestgenius

Posts: 21576; Member since: May 28, 2014

iMessage is the "standard" for iOS because it's proprietary. It only works for Apple products. And you don't necessarily iMessage non-iOS users. It switches to a regular text message when messaging non-iOS users.

19. ZEUS.the.thunder.god

Posts: 1093; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

+1 bro. I`m using it already and its way better than sms or google messenger or anything else available on Android sans whatsapp. Google should make this a standard on Android.

2. Tariq123

Posts: 186; Member since: May 15, 2016

Still on "registered"

3. Zylam

Posts: 1809; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

Not available in Australia. Of course. But seriously man why the heck does it need a phone number, they should let you just use a google account. Also I don't see anything here that couldn't have just updated Hangouts with. Hangouts is my favourite and now google has diluted their im solutions even more.

7. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

It's just to match contacts, I didn't know which of my friends use WhatsApp but after I added phone number those who do just popped up on my list

17. meanestgenius

Posts: 21576; Member since: May 28, 2014

Do you use Whatsapp? Because that uses your number as well.

5. Martineverest

Posts: 521; Member since: Oct 27, 2015

When will google kill allo....duo is already dead

9. AlikMalix unregistered

Please explain how dou is dead? It's got huge download numbers.

13. maple_mak

Posts: 953; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

Get a life please, everyone loves multi-feature messenger.

10. fancollo

Posts: 130; Member since: Dec 30, 2015

i will try "allo" of course, but i'm a huge telegram user. although just recently i discovered another very good messenger which includes everything - made in switzerland. It's called "Wire". Switzerland has another very secure app called "threema", but that one costs. Wire instead has everything - messaging, calling, video and all other things like group chat, sending of files/picture... and it's quite fast. the user interface is something that people need to get used to. of course nobody has it as usual, but i think it's a really fantastic alternative

12. EddieC

Posts: 13; Member since: Nov 19, 2013

People replace iMessage with this but I think it's great for iPhone users.

14. SpookySager

Posts: 5; Member since: Sep 21, 2016

It looks like SMS is supported (I'm using an iPhone 7); however I haven't been able to fully test this because I'm at work. When I attempted to send a message to a contact that didn't have Allo installed, Allo informed me that I was using SMS to send.

18. lmao2016

Posts: 75; Member since: Mar 17, 2016

They should have replaced google messager with allo and then mandate it on all Android phones going forward. Just like what Facebook did with there messager....it's going to fail without full SMS support.

20. spasticpat

Posts: 108; Member since: Dec 18, 2012

It doesn't ask me to make it my default SMS app and doesn't transfer my previous SMS conversations into it from Textra like Hangouts would if I switched back

21. earn1sec

Posts: 23; Member since: Jul 19, 2016

just telegram

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