Google’s latest push for relevance in the chat app landscape finally enters phase two today, as the text-specialized Allo joins the video-only Duo in the Android Play Store and iOS App Store to try to give Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp or iMessage a run for their money, and wash the taste of Hangouts out of everyone’s mouths.

Unlike Duo, which, let’s be honest, merely stood out with ease of use and Knock Knock awkwardness, Google Allo features at least one key “selling” point in Assistant support. For the time being though, you’re getting a “preview edition” of the conversational bot, signaling kinks in need of ironing out later on, and somewhat limited capabilities.

Nonetheless, you can already have some fun interacting with Google Assistant, as well as receive precious help in making plans with friends, seamlessly researching travel destinations, quickly answering news, weather, traffic, sports queries and so on.

Big G also takes the time to remind us its exciting new Assistant “will be available in more Google products” over the coming months, including devices powered by stock Android Nougat once the first “maintenance” update is released.

Right now, both Android and iOS users are invited to give this “smarter” messaging app a try, enjoying its many assets, like the adaptive Smart Reply function, 25+ custom sticker packs for when words and emoji aren’t enough, and yes, Incognito chats with end-to-end encryption, discreet notifications and message expiration. Don’t forget to let us know what you think.

Source: Google Blog

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