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‘Chat’ will be Google’s new name for RCS, Allo development paused in favor of Android Messages

Friday, April 20th, 2018

It's a meme at this point: Every two years, Google announces yet another new messaging platform that will finally give Android its iMessage competitor. Those of you hoping Allo might break this cycle will be disappointed today, as The Verge has revealed that Google is pausing development for Allo and switching focus to the existing Android Messages app, paired with an investment in branding RCS messaging into something called "Chat."

For the full details, you can read The Verge's quite long and detailed coverage, but the short version is that Allo didn't quite get the reception Google hoped for (surprise 😑).

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'Chat' will be Google's new name for RCS, Allo development paused in favor of Android Messages was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Allo web app will eventually work without phone connection

Monday, March 12th, 2018

Allo is perhaps one of Google's most controversial products at the moment. It abandoned most of what made Hangouts great, in favor of connecting users by phone numbers rather than email addresses. The app has been slowly regaining some of Hangouts' functionality since release, including a web client. There's just one problem - the web app requires your phone to be turned on with a network connection.

Thankfully, it appears this limitation will be fixed - at some point.

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Allo web app will eventually work without phone connection was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Allo web app will eventually work without phone connection

Monday, March 12th, 2018

Allo is perhaps one of Google's most controversial products at the moment. It abandoned most of what made Hangouts great, in favor of connecting users by phone numbers rather than email addresses. The app has been slowly regaining some of Hangouts' functionality since release, including a web client. There's just one problem - the web app requires your phone to be turned on with a network connection.

Thankfully, it appears this limitation will be fixed - at some point.

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Allo web app will eventually work without phone connection was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Android Messages v2.9 prepares to launch Allo-like web interface, Google-enhanced chat features, and payments to businesses [APK Teardown]

Friday, February 9th, 2018

There's a new version of Android Messages rolling out to our phones. So far, we haven't seen any significant changes to the UI, but huge things are happening under the surface. A teardown reveals Google is getting ready to launch a web interface that would allow users to pair their phones with a computer for all of their texting needs. Google may also be planning to offer its own enhanced chat features to work with RCS messaging.

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Android Messages v2.9 prepares to launch Allo-like web interface, Google-enhanced chat features, and payments to businesses [APK Teardown] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Update: Back up] Allo is down, but you probably didn’t notice because you’re part of the 99.99999%

Thursday, January 25th, 2018

Allo's small userbase has become somewhat of a joke in the Android community, but the fact of the matter is that there are actually people who actually use Google's latest messaging service. Crazy, right? If you do use Allo, you might have noticed that your messages have been stuck on "Sending..." with none of them actually being sent.

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[Update: Back up] Allo is down, but you probably didn't notice because you're part of the 99.99999% was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Allo v26 prepares multi-account support, breaking news camera effect, and more [APK Teardown]

Friday, January 19th, 2018

Allo updates are starting to roll out, but as the trend has been going, there's not much to see in the main interface for this update. However, tearing down the APK has turned up signs of good things to come. Support for using Google accounts to find contacts and start conversations is going to be pretty robust as hints suggest we'll be able to sign in multiple accounts. There's also a new camera effect listed, a little activity around the scene generation feature, and a hint that the behavior of bots may by changing.

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Allo v26 prepares multi-account support, breaking news camera effect, and more [APK Teardown] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google’s Head of Product for Allo and Duo moves to Facebook

Monday, January 8th, 2018

Amit Fulay served as a Product Manager at Google since 2010, most recently as Head of Product for Real-Time Communications. In other words, he was the head of Allo, Duo, WebRTC, and other projects within the company. Fulay announced on Twitter today that he has left Google, and now works at Facebook.

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Google's Head of Product for Allo and Duo moves to Facebook was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google is investigating Pixel 2 XL voice messaging bug affecting WhatsApp, Allo, and Telegram

Thursday, January 4th, 2018

The Pixel 2 XL has suffered from several since its launch, both hardware and software-related, just like pretty much any other consumer product of its kind. The latest bug to come to light is a curious one that affects the sound output level of a voice clip sent via a messaging app. According to a number of users on this Pixel User Community thread, this issue is limiting the volume level when recording voice messages on the Pixel 2 XL.

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Google is investigating Pixel 2 XL voice messaging bug affecting WhatsApp, Allo, and Telegram was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Allo v25 enables automatic transcriptions for audio messages, may hint at threaded conversations [APK Teardown]

Friday, December 15th, 2017

A new version of Allo is rolling out just in time for the holidays. If you're thinking about singing Christmas carols or wishing somebody a happy new year, things are going to get a little more interesting thanks to the latest update. Your audio messages will now be automatically transcribed to text, so people can decide when to listen and have some idea of what they're going to be hearing. There's also a clue that may suggest threaded conversations will be supported.

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Allo v25 enables automatic transcriptions for audio messages, may hint at threaded conversations [APK Teardown] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Allo v24 prepares to start chats with Gmail addresses, continues work on camera effects and other UI enhancements [APK Teardown]

Saturday, December 2nd, 2017

A new version of Allo is making the rounds, and again with an evening release on a Friday. So far, no new features have been uncovered in this update, but we're still poking around for something to reveal itself. In the meantime, there's plenty of material to examine under the microscope of a teardown. We can see that contacting people through their Google account may be coming soon. Allo's upcoming camera effects are evolving as two old ones may have been removed, a new one turns up, and they're all getting new icons.

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Google Allo v24 prepares to start chats with Gmail addresses, continues work on camera effects and other UI enhancements [APK Teardown] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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