Google has finally launched its most awaited and most talked about app “Google Allo.” Allo is the second part of Google’s new messaging plan made in conjuction with Duo. Duo, a video calling app was released sometime back being the first half, and now Allo has been launched as the second part. The app focuses on text communication along with sending media attachments such as stickers, images, audio messages and locations.
Amit Fulay,Group Product Manager at Google said, "Whether it's planning a night out or just catching up, we rely on messaging to stay in touch with friends and family every day. But too often we have to hit pause on our conversation. So we created Allo, a messaging app that helps you keep your conversation going, by providing assistance when you need it."
Users may no longer need to leave a conversation with friends just to grab an address, or share a YouTube video, or pick a dinner spot.The Google Assistant in the Allo app will answer questions. Users can also type @google to bring the Assistant into chats with friends the statement read.
Apart from answers, Google Assistant in Google Allo can also provide latest news, weather, traffic, sports, or upcoming flight status.Users can also get information from pharmacies to ATMs, banks, parking, gas stations and grocery stores, etc., and directions right within their conversation from the Google Assistant.
Like WhatsApp, Allo too requires your phone number to activate the app. This means that you cannot use the same Allo account on two different phones. Both can be used to share images, videos, voice messages and stickers. Both also have the Quick Reply from Notifications feature, although you cannot type your reply in the case of Allo. You only opt from what the smart virtual assistant inbuilt inside the app gives you. The AI will give you suggestions for reply and you need to choose from it. Both apps have the option to create group chats and even mute or delete them.
The biggest difference is the smart AI in Allo. While WhatsApp is a simple-looking app with basic features, Allo allows you to do lot more than just chat. The Google Assistant support in Allo lets you search hotels, flights, movie halls and lot of other things directly from the app. Text formatting options are also different for the two. While in WhatsApp you can bold, italicise or strikethrough your text, Allo lets you increase or decrease the text size by sliding the send button up and down respectively.