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Allo, is anybody out there? A brief history of Google’s ill-fated messenger [Updated]

Wednesday, December 5th, 2018

Back in April, it was revealed that development for Allo was temporarily suspended while Google redoubled its efforts at spreading the gospel of RCS. At the time, the company reassured consumers that it was still committed to supporting Allo, but the recent news of it's expected shutdown, paired with a total absence of updates for the last ten months, casts those earlier statements into severe doubt.

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Allo, is anybody out there? A brief history of Google's ill-fated messenger [Updated] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Facebook Messenger has finally added an adaptive icon

Monday, August 27th, 2018

Sometimes we report ground-breaking, interesting, and engaging news here on Android Police, but you all know that we don't shy away from the fluff either. And in that vein, we're here today to discuss a small, but very significant(TM) change in the Facebook Messenger app: following Instagram, it now has an adaptive icon too. It only took one year!

Behold the beauty:

Left: Old (v.179) Right: New (v.180)

Seriously though, I'm sure we're all thinking that Facebook could have done a better job than to slap an icon mask around the Messenger logo to make it adaptive, but oh well.

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Facebook Messenger has finally added an adaptive icon was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Facebook speech recognition software ‘Aloha’ revealed, ‘Portal’ confirmed as name for smart speaker/display

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2018

After an unsuccessful first attempt at a digital personal assistant inside its Messenger app, Facebook is giving it another go. This time around, the company is focussing its efforts on speech recognition to create a product called Aloha.

This news is unsurprising since Facebook plans to launch its own voice-enabled smart speaker/display named Portal, and now we get our first glimpse of the technology behind it. Thanks to TechCrunch and tipster Jane Manchun Wong, the below demo shows 'Aloha Voice Testing' running inside the Facebook Messenger app.

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Facebook speech recognition software 'Aloha' revealed, 'Portal' confirmed as name for smart speaker/display was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Facebook speech recognition software ‘Aloha’ revealed, ‘Portal’ confirmed as name for smart speaker/display

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2018

After an unsuccessful first attempt at a digital personal assistant inside its Messenger app, Facebook is giving it another go. This time around, the company is focussing its efforts on speech recognition to create a product called Aloha.

This news is unsurprising since Facebook plans to launch its own voice-enabled smart speaker/display named Portal, and now we get our first glimpse of the technology behind it. Thanks to TechCrunch and tipster Jane Manchun Wong, the below demo shows 'Aloha Voice Testing' running inside the Facebook Messenger app.

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Facebook speech recognition software 'Aloha' revealed, 'Portal' confirmed as name for smart speaker/display was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Facebook Messenger Kids lets children add their own friends — with parental oversight

Monday, August 13th, 2018

Facebook is currently rolling out a new passphrase feature to its Messenger Kids app, allowing children to send and accept friend requests on their own. Before anyone freaks out, it's important to note that both sets of parents still need to approve the connection.

The way it works is that Facebook will generate a random four-letter password for each child. This password is then shown to the other kid who enters it into his or her own app.

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Facebook Messenger Kids lets children add their own friends — with parental oversight was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Facebook Messenger Kids getting new features focused on being nice, coming to Canada and Peru

Friday, June 22nd, 2018

Facebook's Messenger Kids came to Android early this year. The app is meant to provide a safer experience for children 13 and younger, having parents more involved in their online communications than they would otherwise be. If you were ever a child, though, you may remember than kids can be pretty mean. Evidently aware of this, Facebook has announced that Messenger Kids will be getting a number of features that encourage nice behavior.

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Facebook Messenger Kids getting new features focused on being nice, coming to Canada and Peru was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Facebook Messenger Kids getting new features focused on being nice, coming to Canada and Peru

Friday, June 22nd, 2018

Facebook's Messenger Kids came to Android early this year. The app is meant to provide a safer experience for children 13 and younger, having parents more involved in their online communications than they would otherwise be. If you were ever a child, though, you may remember than kids can be pretty mean. Evidently aware of this, Facebook has announced that Messenger Kids will be getting a number of features that encourage nice behavior.

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Facebook Messenger Kids getting new features focused on being nice, coming to Canada and Peru was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Facebook is bringing AR, language translation, and a simpler design to Messenger

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018

Facebook kicked off its F8 2018 conference in San Jose on Tuesday by announcing a dating service and privacy improvements, but numerous changes are coming to Messenger, too. Messenger will get support for integrated augmented reality experiences as well as Marketplace language translation, and Facebook says users can also look forward to a simpler design that does away with the clutter.

Facebook opened up Messenger to businesses in 2016, and it has seen tremendous growth since then.

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Facebook is bringing AR, language translation, and a simpler design to Messenger was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Allo, is anybody out there? A brief history of Google’s ill-fated messenger

Tuesday, April 24th, 2018

Two days ago it was revealed that development for Allo was temporarily suspended while Google redoubles its efforts at spreading the gospel of RCS under the more marketable name "Chat." Even so, the company has reassured consumers that it is still committed to supporting Allo. But the news makes it hard not to visualize Allo being sent to the same "still supported" farm where other Google services like Hangouts reside.

While Allo's fate hangs in limbo, let's take a look back at the service since its announcement, and speculate a bit on how it got there. 

I actually wrote a more detailed retrospective of the service last summer for the one year anniversary, but in light of recent developments and the changes since then, we thought that an updated and simplified survey of the app's history was in order.

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Allo, is anybody out there? A brief history of Google's ill-fated messenger was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Facebook will soon allow users to permanently delete messages, after executives were caught doing it

Saturday, April 7th, 2018

Facebook continues to run into trouble regarding privacy. After the Cambridge Analytica scandal came to light, many people deleting their Facebook accounts realized that Messenger has been collecting call/SMS metadata for years. Now the company is once again under fire, this time for allowing executives to delete Facebook messages, when normal users never had that option.

Six sources told TechCrunch that messages they had received from Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, had disappeared from their inboxes.

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Facebook will soon allow users to permanently delete messages, after executives were caught doing it was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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