Love the app, but falls short in a few ways. Can't use it on a device without a phone number. So if you plan on using this on a tablet or computer, it's a no go. The interface is easy to use and has tons of cool features built in, like stickers, voice messages, and Google Assistant. It's just hard to get past the fact that you can only use it one a single device. Once that issue is fixed, I will not only use it more, but give it another star.
Missing the ability to use from more than one device such as my tablet or desktop. Can't use without SMS number tied try account. @google is the only assistant so far. No @notifications for users. Can't edit messages after they're sent. Won't upload images from links like imgur. No Wear integration (update: 2.0 added some functions). Incognito chats are not in the same chat but are a new chat. Doesn't offer anything new that isn't already done by the main competitor. On the positive side we can at least remove people from group hangouts. SMS fallback is nice but not worth it for being tied to one device.
Best text messaging app. It suggests responses that are pretty good, which is nice if you need to respond quickly. There is an incognito mode so the message disappears X amount of timer after reading it. Search feature is cool and you can have it right there in the chat with having to go through all the steps of sharing something you found on the internet. I don't like that you have to download pictures to see then clearly. Guild up my gallery and I don't necessarily want to save every image that comes in.
Now it's a better app to use. With the introduction of file sharing service in this version of Google Allo, it is now a messaging service to use. The only thing I find is that there is no cloud-sync/chat backup option and no support for multiple devices. The two attractions of the app are Google Assistant which is really handy and the smart reply feature which is very useful. And, this app should have been exclusive for Android users.
This is an amazing app now. It was bad at first but now it has come a long way. Now you can share any file format, location, stickers, etc. With the Google assistant and smart replies I think that this is the perfect replacement for whatsapp. The upcoming desktop client is gonna make it better. The only disadvantage is the small userbase. Hope that it expands soon. Hence 4★
I really love it. It's feature filled, smooth, and overall fun to use. The automatic responses are really cool. My only complaints would be (coming from hangouts) that there isn't a desktop or web client, and that all media gets saved to an image folder instead of a temp directory/being cached.
Bug fixes and performance improvements