Allo, the new Google Assistant-infused messaging app, has officially launched


The long-awaited launch of Allo is finally here! Early this morning, Google launched its Allo website and then flipped the switch, making the app available through Google Play. If you still can’t download the app through Google Play, Google is promising that it will be available to you within the next “few days.” As with most major app launches, the availability of the app is slowly rolled out to all Google Play users in an effort to keep server load within controllable limits. 

For those who are not willing to wait around, you can always grab the app through APK Mirror.

If you don’t already know, Allo is a new messaging app from Google which is tied to your phone number rather than your Google account. ON the surface, Allo is no different than WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger or even Google’s own Hangouts, but Allo’s differentiator is its integrations with Google Assistant – a new AI service from Google which will answer your questions or give you suggestions on the fly. Google Assistant lives within Allo as one of your contacts, but it can also jump into your other conversations, offering restaurant suggestions, direction, or other useful information which may be relevant to the conversation.

It’s still early to determine if Allo has what it takes to go head-to-head with the established messaging apps that have been available for years, but we’ll be soon be sharing a full review if you’re not ready to give Allo a try for yourself. If you’re the adventurous type and manage to get Allo installed on your smartphone, let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Nick Gray
I'm a life-long tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC. After writing about tech for more than a decade, I jumped at the opportunity to take on the role of Editor in Chief at Phandroid. Please contact me at [email protected].

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