Allo, Google’s New Smart Messaging App, Is Rolling Out Now

Android/iOS: Today, Google’s rolling out Allo, the messaging app it previewed at I/O earlier this summer. This is also the first real glimpse we get into the new Google Assistant.

Allo uses your phone number to connect with other users, instead of your Google account, so you don’t need to register to send messages. So, it’s a bit like WhatsApp in that regard. Once in the app, you can send messages, photos, video, your location, stickers, or emoji. For a brand new messaging app, it’s pretty robust.

Where Allo really wants to stand out, though, is with Google Assistant. While you’re chatting, the Assistant can chime in with helpful suggestion or tasks. So, for example, if you’re talking with a friend about dinner plans, the Assistant can offer to find a restaurant or add an event to your calendar.

Allo is currently rolling out for Android and iOS users. It’s not available in Australia just yet but you can register your interest for the app here. Unfortunately, there’s no desktop counterpart yet, which puts Allo at a distinct disadvantage to other messaging apps. Still, it’s interesting enough to check out.

Google Allo [Google Play Store via Google]

Google Allo [iTunes App Store]


  • New iPhone 7 with iOS 10.0.1, Allo shows an **_unavailable for the Australian Store_**… Hopefully soon and this will be a multi-os messaging solution *yes, whatsapp is too just everyone’s heard and knows the google*

  • Not sure how this roll out is supposed to work, but every time I go to the app, the only option is ‘unregister’. So it’s not available for everyone just yet.

  • It’s available for download over at APK Mirror.
    Depends on your stance regarding APK’s outside of Google Play that’s all.

    I’m about to install it now my self.

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