Does the world need another messaging app? Google says yes. And it believes its Allo messaging app is different enough to compete against Apple's iMessage, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp and all the rest. That's because it's the first to include Google Assistant, which I can only describe as a mega chat bot that uses artificial intelligence to bring you answers in a conversational manner.
Available as a free download today on Android and iOS, Allo was first introduced during Google I/O in conjunction with Google's web-calling app Duo (which, since launching a month ago, has now reached 10 million downloads on Android).
Though it sends and receives messages as well as the others, Allo has its own promising features that I found useful. Read on to see what makes Allo stand out and if it has what it takes to be your new chat app.
Google Assistant: a definitive bot:
Allo's champion element is Google Assistant, which is fundamentally a bot you can visit with that uses Google's incomprehensible inquiry database to answer a few sorts of inquiries you toss its direction. For instance, you can sort, "Bistros adjacent?" and it will discover well known cafés in your general vicinity (simply ensure you have area turned on). You can request that it decipher phrases in various dialects, demonstrate your most recent messages, turn upward airfare costs and other basic questions.
In case you're feeling especially fun loving (or desolate), you can play diversions with it as well. (The geology test diversion is instructive, yet I especially like the one where you need to figure the film construct just in light of emojis.)
In case you're not as of now in Allo, it's quicker to press the home catch and hand-off inquiries to Apple's Siri or Google's other computerized associate, Google Now. However, Assistant comes in convenient when the application is open before you (in addition to you can even now make inquiries verbally), and you need to gaze something upward without taking off.
This is particularly helpful when you're in a gathering visit. A quest for "well known bars" demonstrates results to everybody on the talk string, so the gathering can arrange from that point. Allo can settle banters about, as well - like when you and your companion can't recall what the previous evening's games score was or when a specific motion picture turned out. Collaborator will quickly explicitly state the issue to rest.
Smart Reply: Never at a loss for words:
Brilliant Replies are non specific reactions that pop up over the console and content field. Despite the fact that the answers are canned (for instance, auto generated reactions to the inquiry, "Are you occupied?" incorporate "What's up?" "Not so much, you?" and, "Yes. Why?"), they can be entirely casual and to some degree regular sounding helps.
This is a bit of alarming since you're never entirely beyond any doubt if the reactions you get are bona fide or only a Smart Reply. The expressions likewise feel truly foolish in the event that you attempt to frame a full discussion with them (answering to a discussion shaped totally from Smart Reply began to have a craving for talking with the Smarter Child bot around 2001). Be that as it may, they are helpful when you're on the go and need to rapidly react, or you simply don't have the intellectual competence to walk through online casual chitchat. Simply don't attempt and utilize it for more delicate, genuine discussions.