Google Allo Web Client Coming Soon Messenger Renamed to Android Messages
Google’s smart messaging app, Allo, was launched with the company’s machine learning tech and included natural language processing advances from Search. Now, Google Allo Web Client Coming Soon, reveals Nick Fox, VP, Communications Products at Google. Additionally, Google has renamed its SMS app for Android, Messenger, as Android Messages. It will be promoted as the messaging app built for Android.
The first sneak peak of the Allo Web client was given away by Fox in a tweet that read, “Still in early development, but coming to a desktop near you.” The screenshot shared by Fox clearly shows that the Allo on the Web will support the same features its mobile app, most notable of those being the Google Assistant bot. Allo’s Smart Replies feature, where it suggests responses to messages, also appears to have been carried over to the Web app for Allo. Also seen are stickers. Unfortunately, Fox doesn’t reveal an exact timeline for the release of the Allo app but he does refer it to be “still in early development.” To recall, Google revealed that the Allo app was first made available in India.
Notably, unlike Hangouts, Google’s Allo app is tied to the user’s phone number – similar to how WhatsApp works. Till now, this meant Allo could only be used on a single device. With the announcement by Fox however, things may change. All this depends on the route Google intends to take to enable Allo for Web. It could take the WhatsApp for Web route, and maintain the single device restriction by syncing messages between the phone and Web client. Or, it could take Hangouts route, removing the single device restriction by tying the service to the user’s Google account and allowing concurrent use across multiple devices and platforms.
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