Say hello to the new Google Assistant in this new chat app
Google Allo is the new chat app to have for Android and iPhone users alike. It has the Google Assistant built in and it’s rolling out since a couple of days across the world. Germany for example got it yesterday available. I have been using it a couple of days so far and must say that as for now it is absolutely fine. Surely It does the things you would expect from a proper messaging app: it sends pictures, it lets you share stickers, it works with group chats either.
But that is nothing new, so why would you switch away from another messaging platform? Well, the one thing Allo has over the competition is itself, Google. Well, better that it packs the new Google Assistant direclty in it. Google Assistant is quiet funny put also partially annoying for me so far. Fortunately, talking to the Assistant in Allo is not complicated at all. You type your query, it answers, you type follow-up questions, and it answers those. It’s very, very good at web search; it also knows your upcoming flights from Gmail and your calendar and various other things you’ve told Google. It can tell you what restaurants are nearby and help your narrow down your preferences. If Google Search or Google Now is good at it, you can basically trust that the Google Assistant is good at it, too.
But is this ability to have conversations with what might be the smartest smart bot aout there right now realy enough to get you and your friends to switch away from whatever you are currently using to Allo ? Well, it is not for me, majorly because most friends don´t use it.
Allo is tied to your main phone number which you enter on setup, but you can switch your SIM card out while traveling and continue to use the service without any problems. As long as you don’t active Allo on another device with the same number at least you will be able to access the service.
What I think where Google has missed out on something is the integration of Duo into Allo. In my opinion Video calling is the one feature that is not available on WhatsApp or Messenger as of yet, and if Google had managed to bake it into Allo, it would have gotten a decent advantage over its rivals. But that is just my 2 cents…
And while Google hopefully works on that integration, I have the very hard task of convincing my friends and family to switch to Allo. I will report back later on how that worked out.
A nice messaging app with hopefully a bigger future then Hangouts. If you get enough of your friends on baord of this messanger you will enjoy it.