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A year and a day: The short history of Google’s Allo

Thursday, September 21st, 2017

Allo was released on Google Play just over a year ago, on September 20th. It suffered a bit at the hands of hype between its early announcement at 2016's I/O and the actual release, which didn't come for months. But since then it has been a major part of the conversation when it comes to Android. Google made a big decision and faced a lot of criticism when it resolved to launch another messaging service.

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A year and a day: The short history of Google's Allo was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Allo for web has been updated to include shouting, whispering, and Smart Smiley suggestions

Wednesday, September 13th, 2017

There are a number of good reasons people haven't been that enamored by Allo since Google released it, not least that the company simply has too many messaging apps. One of the biggest issues at launch was the lack of a desktop or web client. How else could we get away with chatting to each other while at work without our boss finding out? That was rectified last month with the introduction of Allo for web, but it still lacked a few features from the app.

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Allo for web has been updated to include shouting, whispering, and Smart Smiley suggestions was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Allo’s in-chat translation feature is rolling out to everybody, v18 also brings adaptive icons [APK Download]

Thursday, September 7th, 2017

Language is officially no longer a barrier for Allo users, message translation is now rolling out to users everywhere. First discovered back in July with a teardown of v14, translation can be done by long-pressing a message and tapping the Google Translate icon appearing in the title bar at the top. You can also hide the translation with another long-press and a tap on an undo icon.

Translation doesn't require Allo v18, which just began rolling out today, it works at least as far back as v17.

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Allo's in-chat translation feature is rolling out to everybody, v18 also brings adaptive icons [APK Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Allo v17 prepares to add “web stickers” for more variety, will soon sort sticker packs into searchable categories [APK Teardown]

Saturday, August 26th, 2017

It's hard to imagine writing about Allo without talking about stickers, and as the title suggests, this post isn't going to change that. Version 17 just started rolling out, but it looks to be basically the same on the surface. At least no significant changes have turned up for me. However, a teardown of the apk shows that there are even more sticker-related improvements on the horizon.

Teardown

Disclaimer: Teardowns are based on evidence found inside of apks (Android's application package) and are necessarily speculative and usually based on incomplete information.
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Allo v17 prepares to add "web stickers" for more variety, will soon sort sticker packs into searchable categories [APK Teardown] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Unofficial web wrapper for Allo desktop client now available for Windows and Mac

Saturday, August 26th, 2017

Almost a year after the app's initial release, Google updated Allo to work with a desktop client earlier this month. Like WhatsApp, the desktop app runs in your browser, and uses your phone as a proxy to send/receive messages. But for some strange reason, the app is currently limited to Chrome users. If you don't use Chrome, or simply don't want to keep an Allo tab open 24/7, this unofficial web wrapper might be for you.

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Unofficial web wrapper for Allo desktop client now available for Windows and Mac was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google’s rolling out new products, services, and programs for Indonesia, including YouTube Go, Google Assistant, and Primer lessons

Thursday, August 24th, 2017

Today Google had a huge announcement for Indonesia, in which it detailed six new products for the nation that are arriving now or coming soon, as well as milestones and new initiatives for residents of the country. Among the more exciting announcements are support for the Google Assistant in Bahasa Indonesia, the rollout of Google Stations for expanded WiFi internet access, YouTube Go for the country, Waze support for the capital's odd-even license plate policy, and expansion and milestones for Google's programs in the area.  

There are a lot of new product features coming to the country, and while some might be more exciting than others, they're all good things.

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Google's rolling out new products, services, and programs for Indonesia, including YouTube Go, Google Assistant, and Primer lessons was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Allo for web hands-on: Works well enough, as long as you like Chrome

Tuesday, August 15th, 2017

Google's newest messenger app, Allo, was released about a year ago. The app's momentum dropped shortly after release, but that hasn't stopped Google from continuing to improve the app. At long last, Allo has gained a web client, but has it been worth the wait?

Setting it up

Unlike Hangouts and similar cloud-based messaging services, your phone acts as the intermediary between your computer and Allo. Anything you do (send/receive a message, start a new chat, etc) is actually performed by your phone, which sends the response back to your computer.

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Allo for web hands-on: Works well enough, as long as you like Chrome was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Images in Allo chats may now include an edit button for some users

Thursday, August 10th, 2017

Say what you will about Allo, good or bad, but don't suggest that the developers aren't busy with new features. Each update typically brings some change to the interface, and sometimes it happens even between updates. The latest example is a new edit button that now appears at the top right of images and custom stickers (not regular stickers) in the chat window. It can be used to quickly take an image from chat, make changes, and post it for others in the conversation to see.

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Images in Allo chats may now include an edit button for some users was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Allo v15 adds a shortcut to your contacts so you can quickly start messaging [APK Download]

Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017

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A new version of Allo began rolling out yesterday, but unlike so many previous releases, this one wasn't preceded by any Twitter announcements from the developer team. That's not too surprising because this looks more like a maintenance release. However, there was one subtle enhancement that's definitely worth pointing out: Allo now integrates with contacts on your phone so you can quickly jump to the app and start a conversation. A teardown of the apk revealed that most of the other changes are in service to the upcoming launch of an Allo web client, which had been examined in detail with a teardown of v14.

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Allo v15 adds a shortcut to your contacts so you can quickly start messaging [APK Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Allo v14 includes improvements to the image editor, tracking handle for audio clips, and much more [APK Teardown + Download]

Tuesday, July 18th, 2017

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Yesterday's update to Allo came with announcements that it now supports reactions (basically "likes") and that the doomed blobmoji are to be kept on life support in the form of a sticker pack. As meager an update as it might seem at first glance, it turns out that there are several other new features in this release. On top of that, a teardown shows quite a bit is in the works.

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Allo v14 includes improvements to the image editor, tracking handle for audio clips, and much more [APK Teardown + Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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