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Google Allo Web Client Coming to a Desktop near you. Google Messenger renamed to Android Messages

by Felix Omondi
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There is a plethora of messaging apps out there. It is literally a cut throat market, where one has to be on their toes around the clock, all day, every day. Google recently launched messaging app, Allo is getting a web client so that it can compete well with the likes of WeChat, WhatsApp, and Telegram among others.

That is according to a tweet announcement by Nick Fox, the VP of Communications Products at Google. Google Allo mobile came with machine learning technology, which includes natural language processing advances for search.

According to the picture sent out in the tweet, you can see the Google Allo web client has all the features of the mobile app. Most notable features being the Google Assistant bot, Allo Smart Replies that suggests responses to messages, and stickers.

However, there is no mention of the timeline for the Allo web client release. Until this announcement by Fox, Google Allo as we knew it could only be used on a single device. Given it is tied to a user’s phone number; much like how WhatsApp works. That could change with the introduction of the Web Client, depending on how Google implement the Web Client service.

Google could opt out of linking Allo to your phone number and instead link it to your Google account. Doing so would mean Allo will no longer be a single device messaging app, (which like WhatsApp) works on Web Client by syncing your phone app with the web version.

Another improvement we hope Google will do is the ability to backup and synchronize chat history. Currently, if you change phones, your chat history on the app on your older phone disappears, and you have to start afresh with the new phone. Google needs to set up a chat history backup and restore feature for Allo, one that works like WhatsApp chat history.

Google’s Messenger is now Android Messages

For a long time now, Google has been trying to replace the traditional SMS with Rich Communications Service (RCS). Well, it has taken what is probably the first step in achieving that goal. Android default messaging app, Messenger, has now been renamed to Android Messages. The app has been revamped to support RCS standards. Google has already roped in OEMs who will install the app as the default messaging apps on their devices. Although Apple and Samsung are not among the list of OEMs already roped in by Google. Google has also confirmed some wireless carriers are ready to adopt the RCS standards. The list includes Orange, Telenor, Sprint, Rogers, Globe, Vodafone, and Deutsche Telekom.

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