Google Allo Messenger for communication (Discontinued)
Google Allo (Discontinued) and Google Hangouts are both messenger apps. Allo was the newer one. It featured integration with Google Assistant and the usual stuff like stickers, GIF support, and more. Allo also supported Google Duo as well as an incognito chat that self-destructs if needed. Google Hangouts is the older the app. It has superior cross-platform support between computers and phones. Hangouts also has video chats, voice chats, and a few other fun features included. You can’t go wrong either way. They’re both decent chat apps if you can get your friends and family to migrate over.
We said good–bye to Allo on March 12, 2019. During our time together, we brought you a smarter way to chat, with features like the Google Assistant, Allo for web and selfie stickers.
Google Allo is a smart messaging app that helps you say more and do more. Express yourself better with stickers, doodles, and HUGE emojis & text. Allo also brings you the Google Assistant.
Google Allo is an instant messaging mobile app by Google for the Android and iOS mobile operating systems, with a web client available on Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Opera.
The app uses phone numbers as identifiers, and allows users to exchange messages, files, voice notes and images. It includes a virtual assistant, a feature that generates automatic reply suggestions, and an optional encrypted mode. Users can resize messages and add doodles and stickers on images before sending them.
Before launch, Google touted strong privacy in the app, with particular emphasis on messages stored “transiently and in non-identifiable form”. However, at launch, privacy was significantly rolled back, with Google now keeping logs of messages indefinitely (or until the user deletes messages) in an effort to improve the app’s “smart reply” feature.
Allo was announced at Google’s developer conference on May 18, 2016. At the time, Google said that it would release Allo in summer 2016. Google launched the app on September 21, 2016. During the unveiling of Google’s Pixel smartphone in October 2016, it announced that Allo will be pre-installed on the Pixel phones, along with its sister app, Google Duo. In February 2017, a tweet by Google’s Vice President of Communications Nick Fox showed a screenshot of Allo running as a web app, along with the words: “Still in early development, but coming to a desktop near you…” A further tweet from Fox in May stated that the web client was “a month or two from public release.”
In August, Google Allo for web went live for Android users using Google Chrome, while Firefox, Opera and iOS support was rolled out in October.
In April 2018, it was reported that Google would be “pausing” development of Allo. Anil Sabharwal, the new head of the communications group at Google, stated that its employees will work primarily on its implementation of the carrier-based Rich Communication Services Universal Profile, under the branding “Chat”. This will be implemented within the Android Messages app used for SMS.
OTHER CHAT AND MESSENGER FREEWARES
- Viber Messenger
- Google Allo (Closed)
- Windows Live Messenger (Closed)
- WeChat Messenger
- Messenger (Facebook)
- BlackBerry Messenger (Closed)
- Google Duo
- Line Instant Messenger
- Google Talk (Hangouts)
- Yahoo Messenger (RIP)
- Telegram (Messenger)
- Wickr Chat App
- FaceTime for iPhone
- Whatsapp Messenger
- SnapChat Social App