Google Allo

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I have it although not had a good go at it yet. did manage to play some games with the assistant, good little time filler. there seems to be a lot of negativity around allo for some reason, don't really know why?
 
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Probably because it's YET another app that does the same thing as the 3 or 4 apps we already have that do the same thing. That is why I personally can't be bothered to try it. The whole messaging thing is out of hand.
 
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Seems good so far. Can't see it replacing WhatsApp but as an SMS replacement I cant see why not?
 
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It's not really an SMS replacement though, it won't do sms to people who don't have the app. It has more lax security than WhatsApp. Those are it's two failings for me personally.
 
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Ah my bad I thought it did.

Regards security yeah I saw its disabled by default which is rather disappointing. Don't understand why they would do this unless pressured by the security services?
 
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It seems as if Google enjoy being late to the party. I imagine this is just going to be another Google+.
 
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I thought ingognito mode does use end to end encryption? certainly says that on the store page

It does, but you have to turn it on for the chat, otherwise it's off by default.

Tbh I'm liking it and still using it, not like I'm chatting about making bombs so I have nothing to hide.
 
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Reading that already some important improvements/updates on the way, including integration with the excellent video calling app, Google Duo (currently Allo does not have even an audio calling feature). Duo allows for audio calling only when video call bandwidth not sufficient.

I believe that the really big upside to Allo is the continued improvement expected in Google Assistant, such that it really becomes a great assistant.

I have a very open mind about Allo and I have already begun using it in place of Hangouts with a number of friends.
 
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