Over the past couple of years, how we communicate using smartphones and other mobile devices has evolved, due in part to different messaging apps that have elevated the experience. Although Google has offered messaging apps in the past, they didn't quite live up to those offered by rivals like WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger and more. At Google I/O 2016, Google announced its latest attempt at an evolved messaging experience with 'Allo'. After months of waiting, users will now be able to download and experience the app using their iOS or Android device.
Google's Allo is dubbed as a 'smart messenger app' that will allow you to do more, right from the chat window. Naturally, you will be able to chat and text like you have grown accustomed to, but Allo will also give you access to stickers, photos, doodling and emojis. Perhaps the most interesting part of Allo, will be the inclusion of Google's 'Assistant'.
For those that require a bit more security, Allo will offer an 'Incognito Mode', that will encrypt chats using Transport Layer Security (TLS). The secured chat sessions can also offer message expirations. The app will rollout globally over the next couple of days and will be available to download on iOS and Android.