What is Google Allo
Google Allo is a Google’s fail. Actually, it is relatively new Google messaging application linked to your phone number (and not linked to Google account). Many people installed it first days to check what it is and… and that’s it. Allo is mostly forgotten now – nobody uses it.
Most articles about Allo I see these days are just some thoughts about why it is dying. But dying or even dead status assumed to be a clear fact.
But still, there are 3 reasons to install Google Allo (even when it is clearly failed).
Use Allo As a Very Personal Messaging App
Number or users is a key parameter of any messaging app – no users, you have nobody to chat with. No users – is a problem. Meanwhile, you can see it differently. I just read a post (probably it was a comment to a post) on Reddit. The author said that he installed Allo to his phone and phone of his wife. They use Allo as a dedicated messaging app, which is clearly and technically separated from all other their communications. Nobody else from their contracts uses Allo, what brings 2 benefits:
- there is no risk to send a message to the wrong person
- they always know that Allo message is from an important one.
Is this smart? I would say – yes?
Reading this story I understood that this is exactly the way how I use hangout – another Google messaging tool with unclear future (unlike Allo, hangout is integrated in Gmail web client – what is useful).
I configured my mi band (check the article “Best Budget Fitness Tracker 2017“) to vibrate when Hangout message is received, because I know that this message is from my important one. Meanwhile, Telegram and WatsApp notifications can wait.
Make Fun With Google Assistant. But not Asking It “Say Joke”
Google Allo includes Google assistant (and this is not the same assistant one finds in recent Google Pixel Phones). Google assistant is a “Google Now” wrapped in a chat bot mask. Google Now is an active application, meanwhile assistant is really passive – strange approach for an assistant.
Anyway, you can get some fun chatting with the assistant.
This is an example of a “conversation” which made my day once:
Learn Our Society
What? Yes. Another thing I learned from the assistant (actually, not just from it) – is what our society looks like. Google invests a lot in learning what customers are really interested in. Results of these researches are used in Google Allo. Google Allo tries to suggest you something “smart”: and this is mostly related to shopping, watching sport (not doing it), eating out, TV shows (see above).
It never suggested or asked me about doing sport or reading books.