The app is clean, assistant seems pretty useful, and there are some interesting features. However, I think the decision to not include SMS integration is a bad one. Now we need 4 separate apps if we want to call/video call and text people. Also, I spend around half my day on my computer. Having to continue to use my phone to message while working on my computer feels archaic and like a step backwards. I hope that functionality continues to be added, however, I think transparency or a roadmap is necessary here.
Google Allo is obviously new. The app is nice and sleek, looks good, and feels good. But what killed it for me, and what will kill it for a lot of testers, is the app functionality. You cannot theme it, texting is a bit buggy, you can't set it as your main texting platform yet, and what you can do in the settings is very limited. It needs to have more personalization, setting options, and a few more things I can let you know if you contact me. But, still get it. It will definitely get way better!!
Fun, I wonder if I can take fb sticker and use them in here! lol Hello Google doesn't know what Google Allo is, I can't use Hello Google Allo. It's basically fb messenger, a little smarter, it doesn't have all the add on apps yet. limited stickers. But I like how it offers texting suggestions from the notification panel. I hope it learns more things, like I normally text/reply my coworker how many miles away i am, if it gets smart enough to know I go to Beaver, Ut 5 nights a week and can suggest how far away I am, it will be faster than normal quick messages.
Hey Google, we need to have all those features out there with the other rivals plus something additional to attract the crowd. But, today it lacks even some of the basic features that's available with other popular IMs. The key is, how quickly you bring those features to Allo, that convince the people to switch! The more the delay, the less the winning chances!! Good luck!
Hangouts should have been given the same other features that was added to Allo. The difference should be that people who want their chats stored on the device and want the chat to be for mobile device only would use Allo but then the people who want their chats to be stored in the cloud and be accessible from all devices would use hangouts. Also, people who want to do complex things like multiple people in one videocall would use hangouts while people who want to access media/chats offline would use Allo.
I don't understand how this is so complicated. Merge Allo, Duo, and Messenger and replace hangouts with the combination. Bind it to a phone number, and use the phone's contacts. Provide the ability to use all services from a computer (ideally from inbox). Do that and you will blow the competition away; fail to do that and Allo and Duo will end up in the mountain sized trash heap of messenger apps.
Bug fixes and performance improvements