Love it! Especially on my Pixel 2 XL. I would like to have it combo with SMS so I don't have to use messages anymore. Could you guys please make this happen? As a Google Pixel user and my gf as well, we would both just use this all the time if we could set it as default for regular SMS.
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.
Great app when it works. Good integration with gifs, smileys, stickers etc. Really like the special features like changing font and the ability to record and send gif messages. However, I've noticed the app is slow to update at times. I'm getting messages almost an hour later and sometimes stops displaying message notifications. Haven't been able to consistently replicate the issue to determine root cause.
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).
I'm impressed with the overall design. It's colorful and it's something most instant messaging apps lack, a fresh clean appeal. I would consider this to be a new upcoming popular IM, I would never consider this to be used for SMS, nobody chats via SMS anyway. Why I rated it 3 stars, is because of the notification ability. There's no sign of a notification badge on the app when messages come through or a pop-up notification which displays outside the notification drawer. I'd recommend combining Allo and Duo, makes sense doing so. There's a error when Taking a picture within a chat and editing it. I'm unable to send it or edit it to the recipient. Overall, I really enjoy the app. 😋👍 I hope it's the next big I'm! Thanx Google.
• Voice message transcripts: Automatic transcripts let you read voice messages right in chats.
• Bug fixes: Performance improvements for a better chatting experience.