Google Allo passes 5 million downloads on Android
posted by Ben R. / Sep 28, 2016, 5:05 PM
Despite a fair amount of skepticism, the rise of Google Allo continues. Of course, a new chat app from a company like Google was always going to generate downloads, and on Android alone, has now garnered more than five million. The IM app rolled out last week and within a short space of time, managed to chalk up more than a million downloads. Now, seemingly more quickly than its video-focused Duo counterpart, it's up to five.
Google is a machine with more than a little influence who does what in this Digital Age. Whether it be through YouTube, Android, Search, Maps, Mail or any of the numerous other Big G ventures, the company can reach anyone with an internet connection. Given its expertise and leverage, it should be easy for the firm to whip up a chat app of Facebook Messenger, iMessage or WhatsApp status, right?
Well, not exactly. For all of its clout, Allo doesn't look to be the killer service that drew such attention at I/O. Concerns over privacy, and how the new AI Assistant feature collects data to do its thing, have not helped. But putting those issues to one side, Google faces an uphill battle to keep Allo and Duo relevant in a crowded market where most consumers already have their designated apps.
Five million downloads is five million downloads, and if you factor in iOS, the number currently using the service may be higher. But with Facebook Messenger at over 800 million active users and WhatsApp at upwards of one billion, its hard to see how Allo can mount a legitimate challenge.
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So it would seem that PA and its being unimpressed with Allo isn't doing much to deter people from downloading it. Now, whether or not this app is any good will determine whether or not they keep it!
posted on Sep 28, 2016, 5:10 PM 4
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Most people deleted the app after installation.... Do u treasure u realise same number of people downloaded duo in same days
posted on Sep 28, 2016, 5:14 PM 4
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Bashing Google is really a full time job for you, Martineverest. I have no intention of downloading Allo, but after the hard work you have put in I think I should download and find out what the fuss is about.
posted on Sep 28, 2016, 10:59 PM 3
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OK. My initial impression is good. The focus on google assistant to get user's permission to access their location is also good, giving user control is always a plus for me. Next, I realise there a focus on group chat, my current go to app for that function is what's app, so will see in the coming months whether my colleagues would like to use it. I think encryption is key to get businesses onboard. Overall, a polished app from Google.
posted on Sep 28, 2016, 11:11 PM 2
Most people are highly unimpressed with Allo.
posted on Sep 28, 2016, 8:02 PM 1
Mindless lol? Do you know what a circle jerk is? Obvious rating is obvious. Go visit the android subreddit haha. Nothing but endless hate from tech fans. Keep circle jerking while you can.. Allo will be part of the endless software that sitting in Googles graveyard after 2 years lol.
posted on Sep 28, 2016, 9:59 PM 0
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You think "most people" that use Allo are even on the Android subreddit? That small group doesn't even have subscribers up to 1/5th of the number of people that have downloaded Allo, yet you have the audacity to base "most people's" reaction on just them? OK...if that makes you sleep better in your barnyard.
posted on Sep 28, 2016, 10:15 PM 5
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The real question is, how is google going to use all the information you send back and fourth in this app to their advantage? There is no such thing as privacy when you use Google services.
posted on Sep 28, 2016, 5:35 PM 1
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I downloaded it when it camr out and never used it since.... nothing will rrally beat Fb Messenger as an IM
posted on Sep 28, 2016, 6:20 PM 0
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