As if having one messaging app isn’t enough, Google thinks others that one more wouldn’t hurt anyone as they released another app, the Google Allo.
Like most messaging apps, it lets you write text and send photos, emojis and stickers. All chats are encrypted, and there’s even an “Incognito” mode that lets you send Snapchat style self-destructing messages.
However, there are a couple of features that make Google Allo stand out from the crowd.
The first is a feature called Smart Reply, which lets you respond to messages without typing a single word.
The app uses artificial intelligence to suggest responses to messages you receive from your friends. So if you get a message asking “Are you on your way?” Allo will automatically suggest a response of “yup”.
Smart Reply will also suggest responses for photos sent in Google Allo. So if your friend sends you a photo of their pet, you might see Smart Reply suggestions like “nice dog :)” or “aww cute!”
Over time, Allo gets to know your style of conversation, and becomes better at mimicking it, so the responses will seem more natural.
Another interesting feature of Allo is Google Assistant.
A bit like Facebook messenger bots, Google Assistant is an artificially intelligent chatbot that will help you find information.
For example, you could ask it to send you daily updates on news, weather, traffic, sports, or your upcoming flights status.