One of the biggest knocks against Google Allo was that it could only be used on your phone, and only one phone at that. But that’ll soon be another point to wash away from its rough beginning history: it’s officially getting a web client.
Google’s VP of Communications Products Nick Fox Tweeted a photo of the web client in development. Design-wise, there’s nothing fundamentally different compared to what you’d get on the smaller screen real estate of your phone, it’s just bigger. Otherwise, it looks to have the same functionality, such as stickers, Google Assistant access, and more.
What we’re wondering is whether Google will drop some of those aforementioned pain points like restricting multi-device usage. We don’t want to have to use it on the desktop OR on our phone. As someone who often sends messages while on the computer and continues the conversation once I have to get up and go, that is literally make it or break it.
The other thing, of course, is trying to get people in my circle to actually use it, which has become a much harder task than I’d ever imagined. We’ll take it one day at a time, though, and call this a much-needed in for Allo in the meantime.