In all likelihood, Google's new messaging app Allo will be arriving in the Play Store very soon. According to tech reporter and prominent tipster Evan Blass, the app will be available for download this week.
Hello, Allo (launches this week).— Evan Blass (@evleaks) September 18, 2016
The search giant is betting big on this app after releasing numerous messaging options such as Gtalk and Hangouts. Allo is loaded with features such as smart search, contextual replies, resizable fonts, and more. Google assistant, an evolved version of Google Now will be integrated with the messenger as well.
Allo was originally announced at Google IO back in May along with the video calling app Duo. Many have turned their attention to Allo's launch after the recent announcement that WhatsApp will share user data with its parent company, Facebook. Just like WhatsApp, Allo will offer end-to-end encryption but the user data generated will be used by Google. It was announced at the Google IO that the data will be used for contextual search only and not shared anywhere.
Last month, Google launched Duo, its one-click video calling app. So far, the response has been good as Duo is easy to use and relatively faster than Hangouts. The app has been downloaded over 10 million times from the Play Store though hasn't quite hit the top spot.
Messaging is suddenly back in the limelight after Apple's released its new operating system, iOS 10, with many features that are centered around messaging. The new features in iMessage include new and diverse emojis, stickers, message bubble effects, screen effects, contextual keyboard, and more.