Reports of a desktop version for Google Allo have been making the rounds in the last couple of months. The long wait is now over as the chat app has finally arrived on desktop.
Google’s VP of Communications, Nick Fox tweeted the news on his Twitter Page last February. Fox said in his tweet that users can look forward to the desktop version of the chat app very soon—and that time has finally come.
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.
With Allo web, you will be able to access some of the app’s major features including the popular Google Assistant, stickers, smart reply, and many others. To add emojis, simply tap on the smiley button in the text input box, or move over to a right-side column where you can choose a sticker pack of your choice.
iOS users may have to wait for a while before they can start using the web version. For now, it is only available to all Android users.
Google demonstrated the AI powered chat app during the I/O conference in May 2016 with features like temporary chat messages, end-to-end encryption, and AI powered response among a couple of others.
Perhaps, the biggest of all the features in my opinion is the integration of Google’s machine learning. Google Assistant or Artificial Assistant or AI, enables you to get help without leaving the conversation. The feature can suggest a nearby restaurant or “movies to check out” as Google puts it. The idea behind adding this feature is to help you get answers even without leaving the app. You can get different answers, including directions just by adding @google.
Chat one-on-one with Google Assistant
Want to know what’s happening with your favorite team or find out the latest score? Get the power of Google Assistant to help you sort that out by chatting one-on-one. This feature brings the power of machine learning to bear on the chat app. What you share with the Assistant is up to you, “and the more you use it, the more useful it gets.”
After a few days of its release, the app was downloaded more a million times on the Play Store. Unfortunately, the exact number of downloads isn’t known because the entry only showed between one to five million installs.
Google Play Store doesn’t show the exact download numbers. A million downloads for this app isn’t as high as the video chat app, Google Duo, that reached 5 million downloads within ten days of its release.
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