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Google Assistant desktop version through “Allo”

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Google Assistant desktop version through “Allo”

Summary: Wait on installing Google Allo, UNLESS you just can’t wait to meet Google Assistant. WhatsApp, iMessage, Facebook Messenger, Group Me, Hangouts…what messaging app could possibly be next? Google Allo. It is the newest addition to the Google succession. Though I don’t know if we can call it a “success” yet.

Google Assistant desktop version through Allo
Google Assistant desktop version through Allo

The latest Google service, has a lot more in common with the iOS 10 update than we expected.  iOS 10 launched September 13th, 2016, while Google Allo was launched on September 21st, 2016. Google Allo is a messaging app. It is its own app made by Google available for iOS and Android. You can only access Google Allo on an Android or iPhone, not through any other cell phone, on the web or through a desktop. The average internet user owns 3.64 connected devices according to a Global Wed Index Study. Living in the modern world it is interesting that the app can not be used on multiple devices.

Google to launch a desktop version of Allo messenger

Google to launch a desktop version of Allo messenger

Google’s Allo messenger will soon be easier to use at work, thanks to a new desktop version to complement the mobile app. The company’s VP of communications products, Nick Fox, tweeted out a sneak peek at the desktop app in development. The desktop version looks like it’ll be a web app for Google Chrome. This means it won’t be native as a separate Windows or Mac download, but will work across operating systems — including on Chromebooks, of course.

Google is making a desktop version of its Allo chat app

Last year, Google launched Allo, a WhatsApp-like app with built-in Google Assistant, and now, it’s readying a version for desktops. Google’s Nick Fox revealed in a tweet on Friday that a desktop web client for the service is coming. That’ll help Allo to better compete with Facebook Messenger, or even WhatsApp, as those rival chat apps are available across multiple platforms including the web and mobile.

Desktop version of its Allo chat app

Google Allo seems like a great idea. We’ve played with it and really liked that the app is based on phone numbers instead of Google accounts. It makes setup easier, but it also meant we could only use it on our phone. Google didn’t offer a desktop client at launch, and in our opinion, that held it back. It simply hasn’t performed too well in app charts — even though it gives people access to Google’s coveted AI assistant.

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Google’s shuttering its social messaging app Spaces

While Google only launched the app less than a year ago, the company has decided that enough is enough. Frankly, given that you can already message friends or family via Hangouts, Allo or Duo – all of which are Google messaging apps – it’s probably a smart move to simplify its services. Where Spaces differed from those other options is that it encouraged users to hold group chats around a particular topic, and provided easy ways to integrate content from around the Web into that chat. Ultimately, it seems like needing a whole separate app for a group chat was just too inconvenient for users.

Google is bringing Allo to desktops soon, but may be it should kill some other apps first

Google’s VP of communications products Nick Fox took to Twitter to share a screenshot of an upcoming browser-based version of the company’s AI-powered Allo messaging app, which you can see above. Fox didn’t specify a release date for the desktop version or whether Allo would continue to be tied to a single device, as is the case with WhatsApp. But I wonder if maybe this is when Google should begin thinking about streamlining its suite of communication tools.

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Google Assistant is coming to the desktop through Allo

One of the main drawbacks of Allo has been the lack of a desktop version, but it looks like that’s about to change. A tweet from Google’s VP of Communications Products Nick Fox shows a screenshot of Allo running on the desktop.

From the screen shot, it looks like Allo will follow in the footsteps of WhatsApp, offering a web client that runs in your browser before rolling out a full-fledged desktop app. The web version will support Google Assistant, and offer similar functionality as the mobile app, including emojis, stickers, smart replies, and the ability to share media.

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