Google wants your honest opinion on Allo

Remember Allo? It is Google's latest instant messaging app and it was supposed to supersede Hangouts and bring the delights of using iMessage over to Android. Instead, it launched in a bare-bones state, thoroughly failing to excite users and deliver on its promises, and after a handful of updates that also didn't bring anything substantial or exciting to the table, the Allo promptly slipped into vast void of apps no one cares about.

All is not lost, however! Google is intent on pulling Allo out of life support and bringing it back into the limelight, and it needs your help to do so! Yes, your help! If you ever had any interest in Allo, now's your chance to give your honest feedback on the app, tell Google what you don't like about it, what you want to see changed and how you think the user experience can be improved overall.

Google is currently looking to conduct research studies with Allo users based in the Seattle, San Francisco, New Delhi, Sao Paulo, and London areas, as you may be asked to attend a study session at a local Google office. The list of eligible regions may expand in the future.

During the studies, you may be presented with prototype versions of the app and asked for your feedback on new features well before they reach the masses. Cool, huh?

If you fit the bill and want to have your voice heard, you can enroll in Google's research program by following the source link below.

source: Google (1)



1. vincelongman

Posts: 5753; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

They need to 1. Merge Allo, Hangouts, Voice, Messenger, ... 2. Color code like iMessage and support IM (blue), RCS (teal) and SMS/MMS (green) 3. Make a web, tablet and UWP app 4. Link with Duo (like how iMessage is linked with FaceTime)

6. talon95

Posts: 1004; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

Yes, please merge them. I don't trust Google with messaging when they create and kill apps every year and can't just build one that does what it should.

12. AlikMalix unregistered

100% agree. Also make it requrement for every device with android. If I know everyone uses it - I'll use it with all android users like FaceTime and iMessage with ALL iOS users.

13. vincelongman

Posts: 5753; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Great point! Not only a requrement for it to be installed, as that's not enough (e.g. Hangouts had that, wasn't enough to save it) They should make it required to be set as the default messenger for SMS, MMS and RCS Since most users use the default OEM messenger app for SMS, MMS and RCS

14. aleant36

Posts: 71; Member since: Feb 03, 2015

Also make it open to OEMs so they can make their own skinned version, with added features.

15. vincelongman

Posts: 5753; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

That would perfect Even better, if they made an API that allowed third party clients by anyone (to good to be true though)

2. dcarmi

Posts: 3; Member since: Nov 11, 2016

Let it die

7. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 970; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

I tried it for like a day and then forgot it even existed until now.

3. Martineverest

Posts: 521; Member since: Oct 27, 2015

kill it completely

4. corsair

Posts: 10; Member since: Feb 14, 2017

we already have hangouts.... just built some proper clients (and not the nonsense currently in circulation) for windows (desktop), MacOS, WinPho, and give it the features of Allo. Then call it a day....

5. cmdacos

Posts: 4328; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Really like Allo. Keep building on the foundation.

8. dmitrilp_

Posts: 330; Member since: Sep 12, 2016

Sorry, ┬┐what's Allo?

9. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Frankly, would use it as much as I did Hangouts or any other google service for personal stuff; never.

10. jeffpom

Posts: 68; Member since: Dec 11, 2016

2 things... I agree - MERGE. Hangouts sucked, and then became VERY awesome. Why change so often??? But number 2 - Allo is Windows Phone. Great idea... years too late. iMessage is the place for iPhone users... and if their friends don't have iPhone - they use Facebook, WhatsApp, or one of the other plethora of options. If you all have android - chances are you're using Hangouts and loving it. STOP changing apps... improve the one you have!!!

11. Amrit2206

Posts: 12; Member since: Dec 07, 2016

the chat interface is bit shabby and kind of confusing merge all the existing messengers.

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