Google Allo review – is it worth switching?

by birtanpublished on October 2, 2020

Announced that Google IO Google's newest messaging app at Lo is finally among us so let's check it out now when you first open the app it's going to use your phone number as a means of identification letting you automatically retrieve your contacts who have installed ello and will link itself to your main Google account registration though is tied to your phone number you can't use ello across multiple devices when you begin chatting with your friends it's going to remind you of other messaging services such as whatsapp hangout and even Facebook Messenger the icons voice messaging

Feature and the media insertion tools look very familiar so you shouldn't have a problem finding your way around you can send pictures which you can also draw on videos stickers voice messages your location and irregular text with an emoji if you want to scream the word you can just drag your finger to the top on the send icon or if you want to whisper it just drag it down you can also see when the message has been sent with a tick mark and if your friend has seen it which would then turn into two checkmarks now those are all features we've seen

Before but where allo differs is with smart reply most of the messages you receive will have suggestions on what you should send next it's pretty cool and useful if you don't know how to keep the conversation going and you also have the suggestions in the notification area as well let's say your friend Texas you a question such as do you want to get some pizza one of these suggested replies will be pizza places nearby and in the conversation it will show you some nearby pizza restaurants along with directions pictures phone number and even an option to reserved a table right

Then and there in the conversation all these automated replies are coming from a feature called Google assistant you can think of this as Google now being in contact on your phone where you can ask you anything and it will most likely find the answer for example if you're bored it will find ways to entertain you keep you updated on the news find restaurants or nearby events the weather translation flight information sports and much more let's say you want to chat privately with your friend you can start an incognito chat and all these texts will have an end-to-end encryption

You'll be able to tell the difference because the background will be a dark grey shade and the context profile photo in your conversation list will have a hat plus eyeglasses icon notifications you receive from this private I won't display the body of a message and you can set an expiration time so everything you send or receive will eventually disappear just like a snapchat post just keep in mind that changing the time doesn't affect previously sent messages and you can turn it off if you want these messages to stay you also won't have Google

Assistant helping you out in these conversations but you can still send pictures videos and all other attachments so it seems like a great messenger with plenty of interesting features but the only thing it's missing is a cloud save or backed up / restore function uninstalling you're reinstalling a low on a different device will make all of your chat history conversation lists and media files within this app disappear maybe they'll fix this in a future update but for now this is a missing feature worth mentioning now you can send SMS but it's

Much more complicated than setting this as your default SMS app which you can't even do what you can do is text your non-registered contact through a low and they can text you back without a lo but they will receive your messages through a random five digit number instead of your personal one I don't know about you but I don't want to stand my friends with a telemarketer looking phone number and a message asking them to install a new app just to chat with me still the recipient could see a notification from Google Play services with the message you send them but it will only work on

Some Android devices and this server update is still rolling out to the public so who knows if your friend will get that notification to begin with aside from these holdbacks I still think the features alo provides are great inclusions to a messaging app I'm a big fan of what Google assistant does as I can get most of my information with any conversation and not have to open up a third party app instead is it worth considering over google hangouts or whatsapp probably not the moment as most of your friends will most likely stick to what they've been using before but if

More people decide to hop on this in the future then I do think this will provide a more modern experience with features that you definitely won't find on other messengers well that's Google's newest messaging app let me know in the comments what you think about alo and if you'll be switching anytime soon also make sure to check out Android police comm for your lease and grace and use on Android as always thank you for watching and I will catch you guys in the next one you

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