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Allo Web is Finally Available to the Public, Works Like WhatsApp Web

At the Google I/O developer conference last year, the company announced they were launching a couple of mobile-first messaging applications. Allo was said to the simple messaging application to compete with the likes of WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and others while Duo is a video chat service that offers what many of these do, but really...

Google Allo’s Latest Update Lets You React to Specific Messages

Over the past few months, Google Allo has received minor updates here and there that have slowly been turning it into the messaging app it should have been from Day One. Version 14 has just been released for the app, and with it, you can now react to individual messages throughout your conversations. A heart icon...

Google Duo Has Been Downloaded 100 Million Times in 11 Months

Since it debuted on the Play Store 11 months ago, Google Duo has been downloaded more than 100 million times. This news comes from Google Allo and Duo's Head of Product, Amit Fulay, who Tweeted the following over the weekend: High quality video with simple design is resonating with users. Pleased to see #GoogleDuo hit 100M,...

Google Allo’s Desktop Client Will Be Here in A “Few More Weeks”

When Google first released Allo onto the Play Store, I immediately downloaded it with the intention of making it my primary messaging app. Unfortunately, due to the onslaught of missing features right out of the gate, I was personally unable to achieve this. Google has been releasing consistent updates to the platform since its release last...

To Fi and Back Again: Google’s Inconsistent Messaging Space Complicates Sticking with One Service

I’ve written on Google’s convoluted messaging strategy before, but this was prior to the launch of Allo, which further added to the confusion of Google’s messaging platform. Allo has since been launched and updated several times, becoming a better product in the process. Google even surprised us all with a completely out-of-nowhere update to Google Voice...

Most of the Google Hangouts API is Being Killed on April 25th

The Google Hangouts API has been available for a while, and it's enabled various services to popup around Google's messaging platform. We've seen apps that let you draw on your face, letting you play a game of ping pong during a conference call, and more. However, these services and more will be shut down on...

Google Launches “Actions on Google” Developer Platform for Google Assistant

When Google took the stage on October 4th to unveil the highly anticipated Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones, many users were thrilled at the apparent renewed attention that Google was giving to their hardware line-up. However, if one were to pay attention to the plethora of other products and services announced at the Google Event, it's...

How Much Do You Think the New Pixel and Pixel XL are Worth?

With the Pixel and Pixel XL launch done and dusted, the biggest complaint so far with the devices is not that they are not solid flagships -- but they are priced beyond what one traditionally expected for the combination of hardware and software the phone is offering. After abandoning a legacy of value originating from devices like...

Weekly Debrief

It has been an awesome week in android news! Google is launching some new apps and leaks continue to appear for the Google Pixel phones. We are getting close to the October 4th event where Google will announce the Pixel and the Pixel XL. Stay tuned for more news as we continue to get more...

Betrayal of Hype: Playing Fast and Loose with Release Dates Breeds Consumer Mistrust

Yesterday, Google launched Allo on the very last day of summer, just narrowly squeezing into their “Summer 2016” launch window. The product we got was compromised, and arguably doesn’t have a defined place in their product lineup, which raises the question of “Why was it launched now?” If Google had been upfront with us and come out...

How Allo and Duo Want to Complicate Messaging by Fracturing the Market

I remember back in 2013 when Google unveiled Hangouts, it was a breath of fresh air. Finally, a true cross-platform integrated messaging program to compete with iMessage and BBM. Finally, an easy way to integrate SMS, Google Voice, and all the bonus features that come with instant messaging into one app, which would sync across...

Allo’s Shortcomings Seriously Limit Adoption and Potential in a Competitive Market

Deducing release dates scribbled on paper, googling when Summer ends down to the minute, watching Play Store listings looking for any movement… If you have been around the forums or Reddit you probably took part in one of those activities or saw someone who did. Expectations were high, Google finally seemed to have a pulse on what...
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