The news comes from Evan Blass, who has a pretty good track record for leaking technology news on Twitter. Initially, he simply said Allo would launch sometime this week but in a follow-up tweet he offered up an exact release date.
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) September 19, 2016
Allo represents the company’s latest take on messaging. It’s designed to compete with Facebook Messenger, iMessage and other similar apps by leveraging Google Assistant. The artificial intelligence software can follow along in your conversations and offer up relevant suggestions. For example, if you’re making dinner plans with friends, Google Assistant can help you find a restaurant and even make a reservation.
Google’s also offering a special encryption mode called Incognito. It keeps your conversations protected so only you and the person you’re talking to can read them. There’s also an option for self-destructing messages that disappear after a set amount of time.
We’ll be on the lookout for any more news on Allo as its rumored release draws closer. With summer quickly coming to an end Google will need to launch the new chat app pretty soon if its wants to make good on its original promise.