Google Allo's latest update brings support for Android Auto, animated emoji

Google Allo's latest update brings support for Android Auto, animated emoji
As it turns out, Allo isn't quite the success Google wanted it to be, but the company isn't giving up on it – quite the opposite, actually. An update to the messaging platform's Android app today has brought support for a somewhat big new feature: support for Android Auto.

After the update, upon receiving an Allo notification, it will be displayed on the screen as well as read out loud, rather than be hidden behind the app's interface, as was the case until now. Users can now also dictate a message to reply with, or automatically send a prewritten response.

Apart from that, the new version of Allo also adds animated emoji (which are thankfully optional), as well as some of the regular bug fixes. While this update isn't as exciting, it's a welcome addition for a subset of its users. The app is also one of Google's more regularly-updated ones, and often serves as a testbed for new features: Google Assistant, for example, made its debut within the app, and the service is also expected to land on desktop soon.

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4 Comments

1. cmdacos

Posts: 4115; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Love Allo but tried Android Auto and deleted it very quickly.

2. tokuzumi

Posts: 1870; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

This article should be titled "The latest bandage on the bullet wound...."

3. aegislash

Posts: 1476; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

Or more like 'Google Allo's latest update brings even more features that nobody asked for' I can understand Android Auto support....but animated emoji? Seriously Google? Five months of people asking for genuinely useful features and this is what we get? I hate to sound like a broken record, but this app will never gain any momentum without proper SMS support. The upcoming desktop client? Dead on arrival without proper SMS support. Nobody wants to chat with people via relay numbers, and I hardly doubt most would download the desktop client just to chat with their five or six friends who also use Allo.

4. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

In 2013, SMS important is like super high more than 500 sms per month. Fast Forward to 2017, sms important to me still high but only for 2FA secure sign in. Practically none of my contact sms me any more. So, i can survive with the phone build in SMS app no sweat.

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