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[Update 2: Last Day To Export Chat] Google Allo may be shutting down after development halted months ago

The saga of Google's messaging apps continues. After the company announced Allo development had been "paused" back in April, a new report claims the app will be completely discontinued. Allo was paused as the company put more focus on Android Messages and the "Chat" RCS-based standard. This news comes just a few days after a...

Gboard testing smart replies for WhatsApp, Facebook, Allo, Snapchat, and more

Google's stock keyboard app for Nexus and Pixel smartphones, Gboard, is my go-to keyboard ever since Swype for Android was discontinued. The popular keyboard app for Android devices recently received the ability to create GIFs but the last update that added a feature I would call "smart" was back in February with the addition of email...

‘Reply’ will bring Smart Replies to Whatsapp, Facebook Messenger, and other Chat Apps

Google's AI-powered Smart Reply was first released with its Inbox app. Now, it's a part of Google Allo and Android Messages (for Project Fi users only) as well. Smart reply offers automated replies, and like any AI-powered feature, it can be correct at times, or off the mark at various instances. Now, a new app being...

Google Adds a Meme Search Feature to Allo

It's fair to call Google's multiple forays into the mobile messaging space confusing -- and that's putting it lightly. Even with its faults, many were happy with Hangouts and just wanted to see it optimized to handle large group chats without stutters. Google felt otherwise, and has since transitioned Hangouts to an "enterprise service", so ...

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 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...

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...