As a messenger I think it's great. Still struggling to get more people on it but I've got a handful that use it with me. It's tied to one device at a time but you now have the web app that makes it a little more useful on other devices. I don't know what it will take to get more users... Maybe sms integration, support for multiple devices, and ??? Love the Google assistant inside though. Would be awesome if I had a group of friends all using it. You could plan out events and evenings really easily.
Fantastic app. Easy to use, clean UI, has most of the features other high-end messaging apps have. Only problem I had with it was that even though I backed up all my conversations on Google Drive, on uninstalling and reinstalling the app it for some reason couldn't upload my backup (which it will ask you if you want to do upon installation) so I lost all my past conversations.
The new voice note dictation features as mentioned in the change log isn't working. Tried testing it several times and nothing happens. Understand supposed to be a setting to switch it on which also isn't there. Please fix asap! Allo and duo should be 1 app makes no sense. Some cool features. Needs a quotation feature in messages and also needs ability to choose dark background as well as voice calls. Finally needs to be the default sms messenger for Android otherwise why do we need yet another IM app?
Updating my review. Changed from 4 stars to 3. As a messaging app to communicate with other Allo users - it is really good. But I dropped my review to 3 stars because it still lacks SMS integration. SMS integration is a mission feature that Google seems to have forgotten about. As long as huge population of people do not use Allo and still use SMS as a tool for daily communication and yet Allo does not support it, then Allo is not very useful. Sure, I use Android Messages for SMS communications but I do not want to keep switching back and forth between apps for communication.
Love this app!!! It thinks for you which is kind of creepy but really convenient. It makes sending GIF's insanely easy. The only thing I don't like about this app is the desktop comp view. It's HUGE! Takes over the whole screen. I wanted something a little discrete so that I can use while @ work, kind of like Hangouts & this is anything but that.
Image compression is way to aggressive. For instance Telegram allows for uncompressed files to be shared, and Messenger caps compression at 4k. If the app offers a way to reduce or eliminate compression when sharing images and videos I would change my review to four stars. If sharing images isn't a primary concern for you then it's a good app. In order to receive 5 stars I'd like to see custom color choices for chats (rather than premade themes), for the app to be a required preinstallation on future android devices, and ideally to incorporate SMS and/or RCS fallback. Of specific importance (in my opinion) to the long term viability of the app are image compression and preinstallation (to drive adoption).
• Voice message transcripts: Automatic transcripts let you read voice messages right in chats.
• Bug fixes: Performance improvements for a better chatting experience.