Google Allo right now is a part of Google Play and can be downloaded from the Playstore if a user so wishes but then, it is unclear if Google will be bundling the app along as a part of their stock Android experience with Pixel to begin with and soon, most Android devices. You can choose one of the three and start. Or, that moment when you want to get answers to some out-of-the-box questions, or want to plan an outing with friends to the new cafe in town? Google Allo has a built-in assistant that helps the user search for information that they need to find on the web.
Google argues that the "smart" features of the application require "data processing" and that the tech giant needs to store chats to improve responses. Its native Android messaging app is just for texting, and Google now says it sees Hangouts (formerly Gchat) as an enterprise messaging client for stuff like inter-office communications.
In terms of basic design and feel, Allo, at first glance, seems to have followed the path of WhatsApp - now the top messaging app in the world.
"We've given users transparency and control over their data in Google Allo, and our approach is simple". For the app's AI-based features like smart reply feature and response suggestions to work, the app demands more and more access to a user's information. Accordingly, Google decided the additional performance boost from permanently stored chats was worth giving up on its promise to keep messages temporarily.
All chats in Google Allo are encrypted using industry standard technologies like Transport Layer Security (TLS), it said. The Allo app that has been released does not offer end-to-end encryption in regular chats (although in incognito mode it does) and saves all the messages on Google servers indefinitely. The search bar at the top of the app allows you to dig thru your message history. With the likes of WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Hangouts and so on now ruling the roost, do we really need a new chat application?
There would also be an incognito mode, similar to that on Google's Chrome browser. The first thing to consider is that there are already numerous messaging apps in the market.
During this year's Google I/O event, google highlighted the privacy options are available to the consumers through the app. User can not type the reply, instead are given smart reply options by Google AI. The app also thought we might say "Haha", "Nice", or "Yeah", after we received a message that said "Interesting". Like other messaging apps, it has tools for personalising chats including changing the size of emojis and a choice of stickers. The App can be downloaded from the respective stores. The app suggests you to take a selfie for your profile pic on first use itself, however, you can skip and manually use a picture from your gallery.