Google’s plan of taking Allo to the very top in order to help it compete with big players like WhatsApp, iMessage and Facebook Messenger appears to be on the right track. Last August, Allo launched a web version that enables you to chat with your friends right from your desktop. Google added a web version then, but only limited it to Android devices as well as its Chrome browser. Keeping with its promise to make the web version of the chat app available to everyone, Google Allo has now added support for iOS along with Opera and Firefox web browsers.
The announcement was made by Amit Fulay, Google’s Head of Product for Allo in a post on Twitter, per Android Authority. The process for using the chat app on your web browser is pretty the same with how it works on Android and Chrome. First, you will need to download and install the latest version of the app on your iOS from iTunes. Once the download and installation have been completed, you can tap on the hamburger menu on the left side of the app, select Allo for web, then go to the allo.google.com/web link on your computer where you will see a QR code. Scan the code from the Allo installed on your phone when the Scan QR code button is tapped. From there you can wait a couple of seconds for conversations to load, and you can continue to chat with your friends.
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.
Google Assistant, a feature that you can also access on the web version of Allo, allows 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.
A couple of 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.
Google had since added some more interesting features to Allo, including ability to generate custom cartoon stickers out of your selfies, ability to help you find the perfect emoji and stickers, and many more.
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