Finally. Google’s most talked about messaging app, Allo, is finally available for Android users to try out. While it is not yet available for all to download from the Google Play Store, you can download and install the APK. Activating your account with your phone number shouldn’t be a problem at all.
I’ve been toying with the app off and on since I installed it at 1:30 AM CST. (I couldn’t sleep…) Both myself, Jace Hernandez, Dade Williams, and a few others have been testing it out and seeing what all is available and how many rumours are are true, and what was not. I’ll list out what I’ve noticed thus far in point form;
- The app will not handle your SMS messages
- Allo cannot be set as your default messaging app
- You can send messages via Allo to Android users who do not have Allo installed. They will receive the text as a notification, but not from your SMS number. They can repsond to that notification, and you’ll see the response within Allo. It seems to be something built into Android
- There are no replies or mentions as seen in WhatsApp and Telegram
- Google Assistant is quite impressive. I could tell Google Assistant to remind me about something later that day, and it “texted me back” successfully. However, a function like this does not work in group chats
- Full-width inline photos are cool
- YouTube shows previews and plays within Allo
- Link previews don’t appear to work
- Bug: I couldn’t add a friend to Allo (even a group chat) because I didn’t have his last name entered into my Contacts. Once the last name is there, it appears fine
- Bug: One friend on Allo cannot add a profile picture. It just won’t save for him
- The text sizing and emoji sizing is fun and actually useful
- There is no GIF search to quickly add GIFs
Have you installed Allo? What are your thoughts so far on this app? Please let me know in the comments below!