Allo may let you search and go incognito inside your messages
With Duo out in the open, we’re still closing in on what might come through to Google’s new messaging service, Allo. There’s a lot of teasing going on during I/O 2016, providing us with an idea of what the features are. But we now have supposed grabs of how these features get into action via Android Police.
The search engine inside of the app is a welcome progression from having to search through your Gmail records to find Hangouts conversations. It slinks through your chats with people and bots (such as Google Assistant) and even borrows from Google Photos’ search engine to identify pictures.
On Incognito Mode, things get locked down. End-to-end encryption happens. No screenshots (unless you have another camera with you). And there are expiring messages, too.
Current settings seem pretty stiff, though, as we see options for 5 seconds, 10 seconds, 30 seconds, 1 minutes, 1 hour, 1 day or 1 week. Another caveat: messages aren’t timestamped. Each message or piece of media you send can have its own expiration, but you cannot change the time limit once you’ve hit “send”. After that, you’ll have to remember when you sent that message to figure out how long you have until the message disappears from both the sender’s and recipient’s side.
Other “features” include the removal of previews in your chat logs and notifications and obfuscation of your subject’s avatar.
No word from all of this on when Allo says hello to us.