— Evan Blass (@evleaks) September 19, 2016
Allo will be powered by Google Assistant, the company’s AI-powered virtual butler that uses machine learning to suggest valid responses to texts and graphic messages, reducing your efforts of typing out the whole thing.
For example, if you receive an invite to a party on Saturday night, an automatic prompt of ‘I’m in’ will pop up and all you have to do is just tap on it. No typing required.
Google Assistant will be on your lists of contacts on Allo and you can chat with it by asking questions. Acting as a search bot, the virtual assistant can help you out by providing search results for nearby pubs, when you are talking about catching a drink with your colleague, among other things.
Allo also provides end-to-end encryption, GIF support and Snapchatesque ability to destroy sent messages, but the best thing about this app is that it only requires your phone number to identify you. Nothing more.
You can even opt out of connecting your Google Account with Allo and still enjoy almost all the features of the app.
Based on screenshots leaked by Android Police earlier, an annotation feature that lets you write on photos before sending them out will be featured along with three sets of pre-installed stickers and voice messaging that works quite like that of WhatsApp’s.
With giants like WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger and Snapchat already enjoying a billion-strong user base, Allo may find it difficult to attain a strong footing in the instant messaging segment even with its flurry of cutting-edge features.
Just over a month ago, Google launched its minimalist video calling app Duo that already has over 10 million downloads. Considering how Blass is hardly ever wrong with these things, we only have to wait till Wednesday to know how Allo will fare in the app markets.