Google Allo will soon be available on your desktop/laptop

Google Allo will soon be available on your desktop/laptop
Google has had... bad luck... when it comes to chat apps. The company has tried a number of different options (probably too many) and we're at the point where even when Google makes a really good chat app (and to be fair, Google Allo is a very good chat app), no one really cares because everyone has already dug in on whatever their chat app of choice is (mainly WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, or iMessage).

So, even though Allo is a great app and Google has put in a lot of work (did you know it's already on version 6?), the app hasn't caught on because if no one you know uses it, you're not switching and that social pressure is hard to overcome. Still, Google is continuing to work and as proof Nick Fox, vice president of communications products at Google, tweeted out a screenshot of Allo running as a web app in Chrome on a Mac. Fox says the web app is still in "early development" but it does look like a lot of the features are all ready to go. Fox shows stickers in use as well as Google Assistant

Of course, if you were to go to the web address in the screenshot, you'll probably get a 404 page not found error (if not, please do let us know!) It's also unclear exactly how the app will work, since Allo is tied to your phone number and a single phone, not your Google account. Maybe signing in would be similar to WhatsApp with a QR code that you scan from the phone connected to Allo, or maybe Google will push an authentication notification to your device. We'll have to wait and see. 

No word on when this will officially release. We're certainly hoping we won't have to wait another three months until Google I/O, but given that it's still in "early development" that might be the best time to expect it. 


source: @RealNickFox

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10 Comments

1. phonearenaviewer

Posts: 59; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

It needs SMS support or no go.

2. The_Innovation

Posts: 648; Member since: Jul 18, 2012

Precisely, my friend. Precisely.

6. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

Exactly. It needs to be open multiplatform imessage. Otherwise people won't adopt it. And it needs support for RCS too.

3. Martineverest

Posts: 521; Member since: Oct 27, 2015

too late..SMS availability wont save allo

4. DnB925Art

Posts: 1168; Member since: May 23, 2013

It will probably get RCS since that's what Google wants to push. Besides, there were mainly 2 pain points on why people hesitated on using Allo, and not having a desktop/laptop client was one of them. The other is SMS/RCS support, which I feel will be added in the future once more carriers get on board with it. It is a very good app. I use it regularly and even got my parents using the app since it is actually simple to use. Unfortunately, they need to get people to use it which is Google's biggest problem.

5. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

great... no thanks :D

7. Fonetastic

Posts: 15; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

I use Hangouts on iOS, Android and Windows, nothing wrong with it, allows voice and video calling. What does this have over Google Hangouts?

8. Nopers unregistered

I still won't use it... Ot still has the exact same problem Hangouts has where you have to pester your social circle to download it and use it.

9. jove39

Posts: 2148; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Also need to do everything that what's app does + SMS + become default android messaging app. Then it stands a chance.

10. tokuzumi

Posts: 1962; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

Just kill Allo now.

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