Google I/O: Allo Chat App Lets You Share Emotions Like Never Before

Google I/O: Allo Chat App Lets You Share Emotions Like Never Before
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Earlier today in Google I/O, the company made one of its finest announcements by introducing attendees to Allo, a social media app focused on messaging. You might wonder what’s so special about it. For starters, the app’s interface allows the messenger to interact using emotions.


The smart app is built with Google Assistant service, allowing users to use more than just simple graphics or text. It allows you to enlarge and shrink a text according to the emotion you wish to express. According to Google, the app will be available for both iOS and Android, but its release is set for this summer.

Allo goes a step ahead to safeguard its user by providing an “incognito” mode with full-fledged end-to-end encryption. This service is powered by Open Whisper Systems, according to a blog post made by the company. “We’ve been collaborating together on the integration of Signal protocol into Allo, which will bring all of Signal Protocol’s strong encryption properties to Allo’s incognito mode, We’ll provide more technical details and a summary of the integration when the app is available.”

According to TechCrunch, Allo will be featuring a smart response option, allowing the app to provide you with 3-4 reply options, analyzing the reply of the person from the other end. Based on the demonstration made during the I/O, we could say its smart option is quite accurate!

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Thanks to Google Assistant service, users will also be able to make voice commands using the app to search items or send replies. Some other features are services we are already aware of, such as fixing schedules, reminders, etc. As Google pointed out, apps like this will see the light with the help of third-party developer’s integration. We’ll just have to wait and find out.

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