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Google Allo is a new smart messaging app

by Jacob Kleinman | May 18, 2016May 18, 2016 10:36 am PST

Google just announced an exciting messaging app called Allo. The new service offers some smart features, including built-in access to Google’s new assistant. It’s launching on iOS and Android this summer.

Allo offers all the standard stuff you’d expect from a messaging app. That includes text chat, emoji and custom stickers. Google’s also including smart canned replies to incoming messages and photos. The app can even scan a picture of your friend’s new dog and decide whether it’s cute or not.

You can also bring Google into a conversation. For example, if you’re planning dinner with friends you can ask Allo to help you find a restaurant and make a reservation thanks to a partnership with OpenTable. There’s even an option to chat directly with Google inside Allo. You can ask complex questions and follow-up queries, or just play a game.

Essentially, Allo brings Google’s smart assistant into your text message conversations. It sounds like a pretty sweet new app and we can’t wait to try it out once it launches later this summer.


Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...

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