Amit Fulay has left his position as head of Google Allo and Duo to join social media giant Facebook. Amit left the Mountain View Callifornia-based search giant after spending the last seven and half years in Google. He is expected, according to 9to5google to serve in the role of “Product @ Facebook.”
Fulay made the announcement on Monday on his Twitter page. His Twitter bio has been updated to reflect his new position. His tweet reads:
“The last 7.5 years have been nothing short of amazing at Google. It was a privilege to help build Allo, Duo & Hangouts. Thanks to my amazing teammates who made the journey something I will cherish forever.”
Google is yet to announce a new head for two of its recent messaging and video apps—Allo and Duo. Fulay on his part, has already moved on as his latest tweet suggests. In a tweet confirming resumption at Facebook, Fulay said: “Today is my first day at Facebook – accepted their friend request 🙂
Excited about the opportunity to serve so many users.”
Google recently stepped up its efforts to make its Allo messaging app very popular by handing free grilled cheese sandwiches on the streets. Fulay was in the thick of it when he retweeted a picture of a bus-sized food truck handing out grilled cheese sandwiches to people on the streets who download the Allo app. Plastered with an Allo wrap with a message on how to chat with the Google Assistant, it’s quite obvious what the tech giant is trying to achieve by doing this.
Clearly printed on the side of the bus includes information on how to start a conversation with three or more of your friends—and earns you a free beanie hat. It is not clear if existing Allo users will be able to benefit from this, but what we do know for sure is that Google is most certainly taking its Allo publicity to a new height.
Fulay was in the thick of everything that happened to Allo and Duo between September 2016 until he left to take up his new appointment at Facebook. Facebook presents him with a new challenge—one that will further present him with a platform to show how much he has gained in terms of experience in the last seven and half years.
Google rolled out its AI-powered Allo chat app in September 2016. Since that time, the company has continued to add loads of cool new features to encourage more people to use the app. Last August, a web version of the app was released by the company—ending months of speculations over whether or not the tech giant was planning on adding a desktop version.
To use it on desktop, scan the QR code from the menu using your Chrome browser. The process is really very easy and takes only a couple of seconds; but be sure to have your phone connected to the internet and a version of the app installed on your phone.