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Google Allo: Should you install it? Here is what experts say

Google Allo is the multi-billion dollar company's first big venture into the world of messaging apps after the sad story, that is Google Hangouts.

By: | Published: September 23, 2016 12:53 PM
google allo, google allo features, allo, google allo vs whatsapp, google allo install, google assistant, google, google allo review, google allo smart reply Industry experts believe that google Allo has a lot of catching up to do to provide any serious threat to WhatsApp, which has over a billion followers.

Google Allo is the multi-billion dollar company’s first big venture into the world of messaging apps after the sad story, that is Google Hangouts. Now, the question that truly comes to mind is: Does the world need another messaging app? Well, Google certainly thinks so. It does have all the features that most messaging app in the world do; the sending of pictures, sharing of videos and files, using stickers and emojis, having group chats etc. Now, is you have a tendency to use a tonne of apps, then this app should appeal to you. That too is considering the chance that you can get your friends to use it.

The Allo has been directly compared to the Whatsapp. Industry experts believe that google Allo has a lot of catching up to do to provide any serious threat to WhatsApp, which has over a billion followers. It will also need quite some time to get there. But most of all, it would need something that every other messaging app in the world doesn’t have. Well, at the moment, Google does have the Google Assistant, which uses Google’s capabilities to answer your questions. But experts believe that it is isn’t enough for them to switch from the good old’ WhatsApp and move to another app. It is not just worth it. And since the app in still new, these features need a bit of up gradation.

For starters, the app identifies your number, so the same account cannot be used on other devices. It hasn’t been designed for the web, or the desktops or the tablets. So, you if you happen to lose your phone somewhere, or worse, run out of charge, good luck continuing the chat. And every other messaging app that has been somewhat popular among the masses has a web version at least. Though, Google has said that it is still in development, it isn’t very promising.

The Google Assistant:

The user can use this feature in two different ways. He can directly talk to it or type @google in the middle of a conversation and ask a question. This actually has the potential to be a great feature if google develops it. As of now, it is still in a preview stage. The feature is extremely good at answering your queries. It can take down your flight details from Gmail and calenders and other thin you have done using Google. It can customise nearby restaurants for you by generalising your preferences

The Smart Reply:

Experts at The Verge say that it is very different than shouting out commands after saying ‘OK Google’. It does feel more personalised and a lot more conversational. It can give you statistics and numbers with ease but when asked about certain events or people in a colloquial way, it comes up short. But maybe that is part of the “Preview package”. every time the assistant provides you with an answer, you get little chips related to the question you asked. Think of it as suggestions when you are typing something in Google’s search bar.

Allo allows the google Assistant to worm up to your conversations to give you suggestions as to what to reply. According to Android Police, it is really helpful to questions like if someone asks where you are. “Smart Reply will probably suggest things like “at home” and “at work.” It also seems to suggest “haha” a lot. Smart Reply is easily amused. Smart Replies also show up in notifications as buttons, which is cool.” But it can also be a bit irritating if both parties use the Smart Reply. You can’t have too much of “hmmm and “K” in your conversation.

The one other thing that comes to notice is thumbs up and thumbs down emojis. They are basically your star ratings based on your satisfaction about the answers you just received. If you give thumbs down, you can go and explain what went wrong with the answer. Google claims that it learns from the experience.

Privacy:

Earlier, during its launch at Google’s annual I/O fest, the company had boasted to providing better privacy than other messaging apps. But to facilitate the google assistant and smart reply to assist you better, the app needs to store more data from your conversations. So, all the promise of the incognito mode and auto-deletion on texts after the expiration time goes down the drain. CNET says that the user will have to delete his own conversations if he doesn’t want Google to keep a permanent record of it.Google has made the Allo messaging app very personalised. But it is still in its primitive state and thus, doesn’t hold the captivative power to take on the already established WhatsAPP. what it needs to do, is improve its smart features, give the users something that they think worth the hassle of shifting.

Google has made the Allo messaging app very personalised. But it is still in its primitive state and thus, doesn’t hold the captivative power to take on the already established WhatsAPP. what it needs to do, is improve its smart features, give the users something that they think worth the hassle of shifting.

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