Google has added selfie clip and group chat controls to its messaging app Allo. Apparently the group chat control is to give group admins power to ban or kick out any member that doesn’t comply with rules. It clearly shows the way forward per Google’s plan to make the chat app more attractive to people when it comes to group chat.
According to 9to5google, the feature is a part of version 22 of the app. Group chat control and selfie clip are among a couple of other features, which also include audio clip transcription and improved replies.
How to enable the new group chat control: the group chat controls can be enabled when users create a new mass conversation. When setting it up, the naming and avatar screen adds a new toggle to enable features like kicking out and banning group members. The feature also restricts or revokes the ability of any member from editing group name and photo—only group admins have such power.
The other feature, selfie clip, allows you to capture or record videos—and that’s in addition to the ability to capture still portraits of yourself. During chats, the circular camera that pops up below the right corner now allows you to record videos by holding down the shutter button.
Both features are part of version 22 of the mobile messaging app, which is now available in the Google Play app store.
A couple of weeks ago, Google added a feature that lets you search for memes online and embed them into your chat. This confirms an earlier story where a Reddit user spotted multiple ads promoting Google Allo at the University of Michigan. The ads emphasized group communication, Google Assistant, and integration stickers.
Giving users the ability to search for a meme online in chat is a smart move aimed at further making the mobile messaging app popular among users. Clearly too Google is focusing all its attention on young users, and enabling a meme feature will further enhance its suitability among college students.
Google rolled out its AI-powered Allo chat app during the last quarter of 2016, and 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. You will have to make sure your phone is always on since the web version mirrors what’s on your mobile device.
A web version is one of the best things to happen to Allo as it will enable more people embrace the use of the app. Though, the August roll out was limited to Chrome users, the Firefox and Opera browser versions soon followed.