With the rolling out of the Google Allo, the multi-billion dollar company is all set to give top messaging apps a run for their money. Allo was launched at Google’s annual I/O in May 2016. Google on Wednesday made the product available for iOS and Android users on this Wednesday. And unlike WhatsApp, it lets the user do more than chatting. The Google Allo can help its users find information, make plans and be a lot more expressive in the way, they converse.
There are quite a few messaging apps available for smartphone users in the market, WhatsApp being the current world leader among those. Both the apps have a few uncanny similarities. They both need the user’s phone number to activate. This means that the same account cannot be used on different phones. Both apps allow the user to share pictures, videos,voice messages and stickers/emojis.
Though the Google Allo does come with a few features, WhatsApp has failed to provide its users. Some of them have been pointed out to you:
Allo provides the users with a virtual personal assistant
WhatsApp has this unique feature of sending across a location on the map, a picture, a file document or recording and many others, these are all the files, that have been previously saved by the users. However, if you are thinking more along the lines of figuring out about how to pierce the veil, at what speed, to break the space-time continuum, all you will have to do is type @google followed by your inquiries. And the next moment, you will have access to all the information, Google does. The information will also be coupled with pictures, wherever available.
While both WA and Allo offer the users with end to end encryption for chats, the latter makes the encryption very selective, which implies that the user can choose the contact, he or she wishes to chat with on incognito mode. The chat history will disappear after you have stopped the talk, depending on the set expiration time. So, you have no fear of having your screenshots taken later for future purposes.
In-built personal Assistant:
Goole Allo provides you with your own personal assistant. Though even WA provides you with features that enable you to send locations from the map, photos, files among other stuff, these things have to be saved first on your phone. But, if you are thinking more along the lines of what speed to travel at to pierce a hole in the space-time continuum, all you have to do is type @google and ask. In no time, you will have all the information, Google does. And unlike Whatsapp, you don not have to close the app or run in the background.
So, it happens that a lot of times, users have to share information about the newest song in the market or the new movie they watched or the new trailer that leaked on youtube, they have to run the app, in the background, go to the web, search for link and then share it. Google Allo, however, keeps you lazy in this matter. You can just type @google in the middle of a chat and ask about that movie or that restaurant or that leak and you will be presented with links for the same to share with your contact.
Sometimes, when a quick reply notification appears on the phone, you just don’t want to reply. Maybe because you were at an office or really busy otherwise. Allo can spare you of the trouble. It can generate quickly automated responses on your behalf based on you frequently used responses. Hence, it only gets better with time. So the users don’t have to remember the quick one-liners that they used someday in some moment. Allo will do it for you.
It can be a little impersonal in the beginning, but with regular usage, it only gets better. Besides, it’s the lack of pain of replying to every text is worth it. Imagine having a JARVIS of your own.
Google has placed the “photo recognition” in this app, thus sparing the user of replying to those monotonous “Good Morning-Good Night Scenic view” pictures. Allo can to generate a message and just reply back on your behalf. Well, it can’t exactly say, what the user really wants to, but it uses their most common usage. This way, you don’t have to bother yourself, looking at the disaster and your contacts don’t feel bad about you not replying. Win-Win for both.
Though Allo is new to the market, its most common features are not. If anything, the app takes has the traditional Google trademark style of bringing out new innovations to the existing features. And it also has an actual Google trademark. So it can definitely score of that goodwill. It is quite similar to WA, only improving on a lot of its features.