You can already search for a meme, chat with your friends on a desktop, send and receive stickers from friends, capture and share your personal GIFs, generate custom cartoon stickers out of your selfies, and even chat with the Google Assistant; all these and even more on Allo—and yet Google is adding more cool features. Google has just updated its Allo messaging app with a new feature—voice message transcripts is now a part of the latest version.
If it’s a message that cannot be interpreted by Google, you will be greeted with a message that says “Transcript not available.” The transcription feature, according to 9to5google, works very fast, and appears a couple of seconds after you have received a new message. However, you won’t be able to see or use this feature if you haven’t updated to version 25 of Google Allo. So, you want to do that as soon as possible to give this a try.
Also, in version 25, you can now quote and reply a chat by holding down a message. When a message is held down, it pops up a Reply bubble just like what you have in quoted retweets on Twitter. This appends your new message to the original one.
9to5google also adds that the new version of the messaging app now has a camera effect added to the camera. You will now have access to a new button that will let you overlay a menu of effects above the shutter button. Just like sticker packs, you will be able to download the effects.
Last November Google Product head Amit Fulay 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, include information on how 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.
According to a Reddit user per 9to5google, multiple ads promoting Google Allo were seen at the University of Michigan in October. The ads emphasized group communication, Google Assistant, and integration stickers.
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.