Google’s competition to Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp and Snapchat – Allo, might be up for its official launch on September 21. The leak came from noted tipster Evan Blass, who Tweeted from his account saying, “Hello, Allo (launches this week)”. He gave the date of the launch in a second tweet.
Google had unveiled its Google Allo app in May 2016 at Google I/O, along with its video calling app – Google Duo. Allo messaging app is not going to be a replacement to Google Hangouts, but will be a standalone app that brings a deeper integration of the Google Assistant among other features.
Allow will be powered by Google’s machine-learning assistant called Google Assistant. It will offer fun features like the ability to make reservations at a restaurant, stickers, allowing you to draw on pictures, and more. The app will also offer an Incognito mode that will encrypt all chats end-to-end.
Google is slated to take on big mobile messaging players like Facebook messenger and WhatsApp with their Allo app. In an interaction with IndianExpress.com, Google’s Product Manager Amit Fulay had said the company is pitching Allo and Duo as more consumer-centric apps, while Hangouts will be viewed as more of an enterprise offering.
Google Duo app was launched in mid-August this year. It features a simple interface that lets users just type for a contact name, and simply click on it to make a video-call. The app requires a mobile number to log-in, unlike other Google apps – where you need to sign in using a Google account.
Google has not given any official word on the launch of Allo, but if the company’s self imposed timeline is to be taken in to account (where the company talked about a summer launch), there are only a few days for Google to live up to their promise.