There’s another new messaging app out today, but this one’s worth a download.
While Facebook has been working to integrate bots with Messenger, Google went ahead and built a messaging app around the most useful bot there is: Google search.
Google Allo is new chat app for Android and iPhone. It has the Google Assistant built in and it’s rolling out today.
Introducing Google Allo, a smart messaging app that helps you say more and do more. Express yourself better with stickers, doodles, and HUGE emojis & text. Allo also brings you the Google Assistant, preview edition.
There is group chatting, stickers and the option to let messages expire. The big thing that’s missing is the ability to make video and audio calls, which was intentional. Allo identifies you by your phone number (which it verifies with a text message), which is great because it means you don’t have to fiddle with account setup. You can associate your Allo account with your main Google ID.
There are two ways of talking to the Google Assistant. You can chat directly at it, or you can ask it to join your chats by typing “@google” and asking it a question. Google is calling this a “Preview Edition” of the Assistant. To do so, mention Google by typing “@Google” and words to search for — like things to do or places to eat. It’s a great way to make plans with other people without having to switch between apps or send screenshots of search results.
If you like to Google things a lot while you’re chatting, and you have a lot of friends on iOS and Android, Allo could be a good option for you. The company started Allo’s roll-out on Wednesday in India and will continue to do so globally over the next few days.
Whether it’s planning a night out or just catching up, we all rely on messaging to stay in touch with friends and loved ones. But too often we have to hit pause on our conversations — whether it’s to check the status of a flight or look up that new restaurant. So we created a messaging app that helps you keep your conversation going, by providing assistance when you need it.
Today, we’re releasing Google Allo, a new smart messaging app for Android and iOS that helps you say more and do more right in your chats. Google Allo can help you make plans, find information, and express yourself more easily in chat. And the more you use it, the more it improves over time. – Google