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    Google Allo chat app released for Android and iOS

    "Smarter messaging app" includes a built-in assistant.
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    Re: Google Allo chat app released for Android and iOS

    Seriously what was wrong with GoogleTalk or MSN or AIM for that matter. How many chat clients good and bad do they need. Google isn't alone, MS has/had MSN/Lync/Old Skype/New Skype.

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    Re: Google Allo chat app released for Android and iOS

    Needs more kittens, and a button to make arguments with strangers automatic

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    Re: Google Allo chat app released for Android and iOS

    Not available in this country yet! It's on the Play store but just registers you to be notified when available. Suggest you change the misleading article.

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    Re: Google Allo chat app released for Android and iOS

    Quote Originally Posted by Gunbuster View Post
    Seriously what was wrong with GoogleTalk or MSN or AIM for that matter. How many chat clients good and bad do they need. Google isn't alone, MS has/had MSN/Lync/Old Skype/New Skype.
    Basically messengers are new front in tech wars, MSN/AIM died because they were PC based.

    Everything is bigger on mobile with lots more money to be made, thats why messenger apps are all the rage with Facebook, Snapchat, Whatsapp etc all duking it out for personal connections. They can also be a trojan horse for pushing your other products/services.

    Skype isn't quite as relevant as it once was but it's not dead as many in mobile land like to portray it (still hugely important in business and professional circles), MS is currently building a new universal Skype app to cover all multi-platforms rather than the patchwork of clients it has now.

    As to Google, they rightly fear the power messaging has on mobile and the ability it has to undermine their platform so they would rather you stick to Google messaging, you'll notice they didnt even bother to make a PC version of the Allo app.

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    Re: Google Allo chat app released for Android and iOS

    Not yet released in the UK...not that its particularly exciting as yet another chat app but still.

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    Re: Google Allo chat app released for Android and iOS

    The old GoogleTalk was jabber/XMPP compatible. But that seems very Google of old, which is a shame.

    I'm getting nagged to use What's App (which is also XMPP, just closed and charged for). I refuse to do it though. I'm available on XMPP, it costs nothing and can be as secure as you want.

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    Re: Google Allo chat app released for Android and iOS

    Quote Originally Posted by Dashers View Post
    The old GoogleTalk was jabber/XMPP compatible. But that seems very Google of old, which is a shame.

    I'm getting nagged to use What's App (which is also XMPP, just closed and charged for). I refuse to do it though. I'm available on XMPP, it costs nothing and can be as secure as you want.
    What's App is free... has been for a while.
    Whilst I can see it getting closed more and more remember that What's App and Allo are both encrypted end to end
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    Re: Google Allo chat app released for Android and iOS

    I e been playing with telegram, also claims to be encrypted and multi-platform.
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    Re: Google Allo chat app released for Android and iOS

    Plenty of people on the Google Play store confusing the similarly-named Allo app (by Allo.im) for Google Allo, and complaining about a poor user experience!

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    Re: Google Allo chat app released for Android and iOS

    Perhaps a moot point considering it's Google but Google weakens Allo chat app privacy promise

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    Re: Google Allo chat app released for Android and iOS

    End to End encryption would be nice, otherwise not going to use it.

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    Re: Google Allo chat app released for Android and iOS

    Quote Originally Posted by nacasatu View Post
    End to End encryption would be nice, otherwise not going to use it.
    Incognito mode supposedly does do e2e, but then you miss out on the Clippy-style stuff that Google have added. Most charitable comment I've seen is that you should probably regard current Allo as pre-v1.0, so it's very much a "work in progress". Needless to say, I'd be very surprised if Mr Saracen was anything but immediately hostile.

    I'm going to echo the opinions already expressed though: (a) it doesn't appear to be available locally (I'm still at "Registered" stage), and (b) I'm thoroughly sick of folks telling me that I "must get with the times and sign up for WhatsApp".

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    Re: Google Allo chat app released for Android and iOS

    Quote Originally Posted by crossy View Post
    .... Needless to say, I'd be very surprised if Mr Saracen was anything but immediately hostile.

    ....
    Wot, me? I was going to install it twice.

    Oh, okay, I wasn't.

    Actually, my view is this. I lost interest at aboout Goog ..... I'm also not exactly the target market for chat applications, as I have no real interest in and almost no need for them. But Google have about the same chance in interesting me in ANY app they have as a pig farmer has of interesting a lifelong vegan in a bacon sandwich and a Beef Wellington. Or less, thinking about it.

    If I was interested in a chat app, I wouldn't be interested in one from Google, and I'd rather gamble my soul with the devil on a (rigged) game of chess than use this app.

    But hostile? Dunno what you mean, mate.

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