In the battle of messaging Google has not come out exactly the victor. Both Messenger and WhatsApp have approximately one billion users while Hangouts is well below these numbers. To address this, the technology giant has developed a new messaging application with features never seen so far, including search and virtual assistance.
Like WhatsApp and Telegram, Google’s new application works through the phone number and no email, which means that, when installed, will start talking to any contact you have stored on your agenda. This is not the only similarity Allo saved with the rest of its competitors.
Google becomes a more integral part of your conversations
At first glance, Al-lo functions are not very different from other competitors. Besides emoji s, the new messaging application also includes stickers, like Telegram. Although Google has worked with third parties for its development, external developers now can not operate on application features, but according to the company, this is only a matter of time.
Of course, Allo allows sending files and images; you can edit from within the application and include text on them. The size of the text that you send is also editable and can enlarge or belittle messages received by the person with whom you speak.
The most striking feature of all is the inclusion of Google in talks themselves. The search engine is introduced in the form of the boat and recognize messages and offers quick answers. As seen from the top, if your contact proposes a plan, as a meal or going to the movies, you can answer with one of the default options on the screen. Also, any time you can do a search by typing “@google” writing on the box.
But that’s not all. Google also recognises the context of some images. If received, for example, a photo of a graduation, the wizard will propose a default as “Congratulations” message, although, of course, it is possible to answer by hand.
Search integration also applies to the topics of conversation, that is, that whether it intends to go to dinner at a Japanese restaurant, Google directly suggests some local near your location. It is understood that this feature will also extend to cinemas, exhibitions, etc.
Google also becomes a contact. You can talk to the chat bot to ask about the results of your favorite team (the application recognizes by your habits, or visit any of the functions that have been seeing over these years Now, like the weather, traffic, schedules film, etc. in addition, Google proposes even games: in the presentation saw the movies with emoji bot created for the user’s changed.
Along with Allo, the company has developed an application called Duo videoconferencing. Supposedly this is an incredibly fast app, and the main difference from the rest is the ability to see on the screen to the caller while making the call.
Google has made clear that privacy is an important aspect
The integration of virtual assistant and searches is impressive, but inevitably wonder how far Google is intruding. The company has said that it does not store conversations but analyzes it and gets rid of it then.
Conversations are encrypted on the wire , but it is also possible to have a conversation incognito, which ensures encryption end to end, which means that the only people to have access to these conversations are participants in them.
Currently, WhatsApp has end to end encryption by default in all their conversations, without activating it manually.
The new messaging application Google arrive in summer 2016 both Android and iOS. Undoubtedly it has new features that none of its competitors has brought so far. The question now is: will it be enough to unseat the long-established and WhatsApp Messenger? Give your opinion in the comments.