Yesterday at the I/O developer conference, Google launched a new product called Allo. It is the company’s attempt at creating a social messaging application.
Despite having an offer of over seven communication-related products that reach a billion users, including the web browser Chrome, Android, Gmail, Maps, Google Play, Buzz, Wave, and Google+, a social application like Allo has never quite been one of them.
Allo is based on telephone numbers, just like most modern day messenger apps, and it has the Google brains behind it which means it comes with the machine learning technology integrated.
The application has this interesting feature called the Smart Reply, a feature quite similar to Google Inbox, which will learn what kind of replies you usually give and prompt you with them accordingly. Chatbots feel the same, but these artificially intelligent answers are much more high-tech and time-saving.
The key cool new thing you can now do with Allo, however, is searching whatever you want within the app; there’s no need to leave it and search the information you’re looking for in a browser, you can just do your Google search from within Allo.
Amit Fulay, the product manager, working on the app said people are probably moving from one app to another to get more information “and the core of communicating (…) gets lost in that deluge of information.” But not anymore; not with their newest app.
Google Allo looks a bit like the Facebook messenger. By now, Facebook’s WhatsApp and Messenger have totaled almost 2 billion users. Erik Kay, the lead engineer for Allo, says mobility is where people are spending the majority of their time.
The app also has the same learning networks that work behind Google Photos; you can share photos directly from the camera roll. Sticker packs are also available, and another hot feature is the ability to change the size of the text you send by dragging an arrow up or down, making your lines “whispered” or “shouted.” Also, an incognito mode keeps your privacy private.
Another novelty Google has launched is Google Duo, an app similar to Facetime, that comes with a twist – when someone calls you through Duo you get a live preview of the people calling you and what the call will be all about.
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