If you are lucky enough to be running Android 7.0 Nougat, the Allo app can be used in the splitscreen mode. You also get Google’s version of Apple’s ForceTouch technology on Allo. Just hard press on the icon and you can start a conversation from the homescreen itself along with other options.
In addition, there is now support for GIF keyboard and quick replies straight from the notification panel. Pushbullet also updated its app to allow replying to Allo messages from your desktop through mirrored notifications.
The new features were unveiled by Justin Uberti, co-lead on the Allo project through a tweet. And as with all other Google apps, the update will roll out in phases. So if you are checking for it and not getting, I suggest you to exercise some patience.
Also if you are on iOS, tough luck. The update is only for Android users for now and there is no word whatsoever when Apple users will be offered parity in features.
Google’s Allo messaging app made news for being the first instant messaging app to have an AI-powered assistant at the beck and call of your fingertips while you are chatting with a friend. It’s like the creepy know-it-all that has all the answers to everything you ask it using ‘@google’.
There is also a Google Assistant Chatbot which can parse natural language and give you answers, often witty.
When it was showcased in the I/O Developer Conference in the summer, Google said the Allo app doesn’t store personal data. But when it finally launched, Google had to bite back its words and stated Allo had to go through your personal data to give you meaningful answers to all your queries.
That prompted none other than privacy-champion and infamous whistleblower Edward Snowden to publicly urge users not to use the Allo app. He defined it as “A Google app that records every message you ever send and makes it available to police upon request.”