Google Allo passes 5 million downloads on Android


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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35 Comments

1. SYSTEM_LORD

Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

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!

3. Martineverest

Posts: 521; Member since: Oct 27, 2015

Most people deleted the app after installation.... Do u treasure u realise same number of people downloaded duo in same days

18. joevsyou

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

downloaded and deleted it the next day after finding out how useless it is to countless other apps

27. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

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.

28. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

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.

12. Hallucinator

Posts: 391; Member since: May 24, 2010

A lot of people download fart apps too. It doesn't make them quality apps.

15. Unordinary unregistered

Most people are highly unimpressed with Allo.

20. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

The play store ratings disagree with you, but don't let the facts get in the way of your mindless hater spree...

22. Unordinary unregistered

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.

23. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

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.

24. Unordinary unregistered

Keep crying lol.

25. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Never expected the facts to get in the way of your mindless hater spree...

31. Unordinary unregistered

The only one having a spree here is you lol. Just scroll up, ya hoot

32. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

You're an idiot

34. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

lol...he got you good on this one m8. xD

30. xq10xa

Posts: 810; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

It'd not good enough. It's a terrible app by Google standards. The entire layout is a joke. It's just another way to spread your photos of salads around

2. Martineverest

Posts: 521; Member since: Oct 27, 2015

how most uninstallations ? 4.5 millions?

29. SYSTEM_LORD

Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

Stop trolling...

4. Emmanuelz

Posts: 222; Member since: Aug 01, 2013

Its onlu for testing purposes

5. Nine1Sickness

Posts: 896; Member since: Jan 30, 2011

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.

7. IAMBLCKJ3ZUS

Posts: 418; Member since: Sep 29, 2015

Did you forget incognita mode?

26. vincelongman

Posts: 5728; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

If you care that much about privacy stop using the internet or any popular OS

6. IAMBLCKJ3ZUS

Posts: 418; Member since: Sep 29, 2015

I find all actually very good and if they add sms. Then game set and match. My wife and I really enjoy allo on our Nexus devices.

8. socaholic

Posts: 17; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

I find it is a very fun app

9. irossdrummer

Posts: 369; Member since: Jan 17, 2015

I downloaded it when it camr out and never used it since.... nothing will rrally beat Fb Messenger as an IM

13. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

FBM is ass.

19. joevsyou

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

it's a copy of FB messager with no sms support and google assist as a contact even though any android user can access it just by long pressing the home button so whats the point of that?

10. irossdrummer

Posts: 369; Member since: Jan 17, 2015

I downloaded it when it camr out and never used it since.... nothing will rrally beat Fb Messenger as an IM

11. EC112987

Posts: 1216; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

Great app, just sucks only one of my friends is using it

14. boriqua2000

Posts: 258; Member since: Mar 11, 2009

How many uninstalls after people seen how intrusive it is?

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