Google I/O 2016: Google launches Allo – a highly intelligent messaging app

Google has announced the launch of Allo, a highly smart and intelligent messaging, at its annual software developer-focused conference, Google I/O which comes to an end today.

The messaging app seeks to help users share moments with friends and family the instant they happen, whether it’s the naming ceremony of a bouncing baby boy or that winning goal scored in extra time.


Allo helps in this regard through its array of amazing features. One of such is Smart Reply, which allows you respond to messages without typing a single word.

It does this not by magic but by learning how you converse over time (Artificial Intelligence at its best) and will bring up suggestions that are in your style.

For example, it will learn whether you’re more of a “hehehe” vs. “lol” kind of person. The more you use Allo, the more “you” the suggestions will become.

Smart Reply also works with photos, providing intelligent suggestions related to the content of the photo. If your friend sends you a photo of pizzas, for example, you may see Smart Reply suggestions like “yummy” or “I love pizzas.”


Another feature that makes Allo tick is the Google assistant, which brings the richness of Google directly into your chats by helping you find information, get things done, and basically have fun.

You can chat one-on-one with the assistant, or call on Google in a group chat with friends.

The assistant in Allo helps reduce toggling between apps – like the Gboard – by letting you bring things like Search, Maps, YouTube and Translate to all your conversations.

Google assistant in Allo is an amazing companion you can trust. You can ask it anything and in seconds it’ll get it done for you.

It goes a step further to understand natural language patterns. You can chat like yourself and it’ll understand what you’re saying. For example, “Is my flight delayed?” will return information about your flight status.

And because security is paramount, Allo has an Incognito mode – just like you have in Chrome. Chats in Incognito mode will have end-to-end encryption and discreet notifications.

The coolest part is Allo is based on your phone number, so you can get in touch with anyone in your phonebook, thereby making your conversations easier and more expressive.

The app will be available in the summer for both Android or iOS devices.

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