Google is trying aggressively to make Google Allo to be at the top of the group of instant messaging apps. Since its inception, with an aim to make the app more popular, Google has been rolling out a continuous series of updates. Within that series of updates, there is a new one. Google has unveiled that its chat will have new themes, and according to leaks and rumours they will be released soon. Recent leaked images show us how the new chat themes will look like, and they do feel great. The update will have the new split screen and Quick Reply features, though in the changelog of the latest update the chat theme features are yet not mentioned. As of now, only the ‘Monochrome’ theme is present in the General Settings of the latest update of Google Allo. Even the default theme is similar to it, so there is not much of a difference.
9to5Google’s Stephen Hall leaked images of a few themes which might be launched soon. The themes include Moon, Sorbet and Clouds, which are quite similar to the ones we find in WhatsApp and Viber. Hall also wrote on Twitter, “So it seems monochrome in Allo 2 doesn’t serve many purposes yet, but you’re going to want to have that option when chat themes are added.” With the launch of new features, Google Allo is aiming for the top spot, which is still a far cry from other platforms like Snapchat. It is important that it works more on its user engagement, as it does not get benefits which YouTube, Gmail and Chrome get, being part of core Google Mobile Services (GMS) component for OEMs using the Android OS.
Justin Uberti, the technical lead for Duo and the co-lead of Allo, wrote on Twitter about the other new updates, which include, “Allo 2.0 relnotes (Android): App shortcuts, Landscape, N quick reply, N multi-window, GIF keyboard, a11y mode and Incognito key alerts.