Google Allo now buried deep in the Play Store's underground, ranks at 200

Google Allo now buried deep in the Play Store's underground, ranks at 200
Upon launch, Google's messaging app Allo was a success with over five million downloads in less than a week. Now, Allo is basically buried inside the Google Play store, ranking at number 200, and hasn't moved from this spot in over 60 days, meaning the app has stopped growing.

User disappointment and lack of competitive features could be the reasons for Allo's situation. Notably, the app lacks multi-device support, doesn't handle SMS, and offers no way to backup messages. There's also no integration with Google's Duo video service, either. The absence of unique features or advantages over other messaging apps means there isn't much incentive on the user side to try Allo.

Google clearly needs to step up development and promotion work on the app if it wants to turn it into a success.

source: Phandroid

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23 Comments

1. AlikMalix unregistered

I actually had high hopes for this app becoming a standard in android.

2. Nopers unregistered

Step 1 make it the standard messaging app with all the important features from hangouts and google SMS. There is no step 2, its that easy.

16. cozze02

Posts: 128; Member since: Nov 25, 2012

120% correct!

3. wando77

Posts: 1168; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

Too little too late. There are already well established messaging apps like WhatsApp, Facebook messenger etc that everybody uses. I just wish iDIOTS wouldn't use the Apple messaging app that can only be used between Apple users. Makes my blood boil that phone sites like this support apple's nazi ways

5. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Sounds like hater talk to me.......

17. tokuzumi

Posts: 1907; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

First two sentences were factual. Wando fell off the wagon on the last 2.

9. Justinf223

Posts: 14; Member since: Nov 03, 2016

Why do you call people who use iMessage idiots?

15. yogihoy

Posts: 17; Member since: Feb 17, 2015

The point made is ..people should use apps that link all phones not just iphones

10. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

The percentage of idiots that are using one or other messaging app is almost the same, only their number is different. Why wouldn't one use the best messaging app there is with his friends, that are also having it on their phones?!

14. yogihoy

Posts: 17; Member since: Feb 17, 2015

What's your point???

23. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

iMessage is the best messaging app (this is a fact), I have a lot of friends with iPhones; so why am I to be considered an idiot for using the best messaging app to communicate with my friends?!

4. lyndon420

Posts: 6793; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Aside from the assistant it doesn't really offer anything over the competition. Google's Messenger app is getting the job done for what I need.

6. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I using Allo on a daily basis, chatting up the Google Assistant. It has replace my standard search approach. Its so much easily to ask Google Assistant things like, "who is the last villain in the recent batman movie?" They give me an direct answer rather than a search list using a browser. When ask for place and direction, it display the map inside Allo. Allo ability to understand my context, save me a lot of effort.

7. hwb01

Posts: 355; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

SMS support is really the biggest reason I wanted it, and lack of it is what made me delete Allo

8. shnibz

Posts: 510; Member since: Sep 18, 2011

I use Google Duo every Monday and Tuesday and its great. No need for Allo but it would be cool if it were standard

11. yogihoy

Posts: 17; Member since: Feb 17, 2015

My friends dot use it so sending messages takes too many steps....

12. yogihoy

Posts: 17; Member since: Feb 17, 2015

My friends dot use it so sending messages takes too many steps....

13. yogihoy

Posts: 17; Member since: Feb 17, 2015

And since then... as a non american...and samsung phone user I'm getting annoyed with google... I subscribe to google play...get less for more money...no YouTube red... and now a down graded android experience. All plays into Samsung's and Chinese hands...

18. tokuzumi

Posts: 1907; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

This is no surprise. Google should have just rebranded and updated hangouts, because it has all the functionality of allo and duo in one app. Plus, it can do SMS. I've heard duo is doing well, but allo was pointless.

19. jessy90

Posts: 162; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

No sms. Uninstalled it.

20. somfw

Posts: 7; Member since: Sep 22, 2016

Only fix for allo is to make one all inclusive, standard, default dialer app. That has the phone, video, SMS/MMS and chat all baked in. Without the need to have multiple different apps and plugins etc. Aka the iPhone! Or, in essence, what hangouts tried to be, could have been and should have been

21. somfw

Posts: 7; Member since: Sep 22, 2016

Only fix for allo is to make one all inclusive, standard, default dialer app. That has the phone, video, SMS/MMS and chat all baked in. Without the need to have multiple different apps and plugins etc. Aka the iPhone! Or, in essence, what hangouts tried to be, could have been and should have been

22. somfw

Posts: 7; Member since: Sep 22, 2016

The real question is: how many of those "millions" of initial downloads were real, not the same user and most importantly, Still active! Play store numbers mean less. than nothing without facts. They are often artificially boosted. Remember Google+. The app was forced upon all Google users for over a year. It showed 500 million+ at one point. How many were active users? Or users at all? As for this POS, Tween / Teen girl, inspiredl Allo. I personally tried it at least 6 times on 2. different devices over the last 2 months. That's, Install, uninstall... Repeat 6 times. How's many of those are reflected in the skewed / artificial play store numbers? Google uses those numbers to give themselves "Cyber Reach Arounds" and other unwarranted self congratulations. And thus, keeps failing / failed apps alive. Knowing fiull well

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