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Finally, Google has launched the most awaited messaging app that was announced at the Google I/O back in May. Well, the talk is about the Google Allo.
There are a slew of messaging applications in the market with different sets of features and each one has its own ways to go about with the service. Though the Allo is a messaging app, it lets you do more than just chatting. You can get a better experience with the Google Allo than the other messaging apps.
Lately, the market has seen the launch the JioChat that is one of the Reliance Jio apps for meant for messaging. Take a look at the differences and similarities between the Google Allo, JioChat, and WhatsApp from here.
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Allo has a Google Assistant
As mentioned earlier, the Google Allo is more than a messaging app as it comes with a Google assistant. This way, the app will provide assistance whenever you need. With this feature, you need not leave a conversation in order to get an address or share a video. You can do all these right from the app itself. However, this is a feature that the pure messaging apps - WhatsApp and JioChat lack.
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All three apps let you send messages, photos, videos, and other content that you want to share with your friends. However, Google Allo has taken messaging to the next level as it lets you get more information such as traffic, weather, sports, flight status, latest news and more. You can information on whatever you need at the moment without leaving the app. All this is possible with the Google Assistant.
Allo has a rich sticker base
Of course, all three apps support stickers, but the Google Allo is richer than the other two in terms of stickers. It has many sticker packs that you can choose from. The app also supports drawing image using the pen tool that is incorporated in it.
WhatsApp has Quick Reply feature
WhatsApp received an update lately that added the Quick Reply feature to the app. This way, you can reply to the WhatsApp messages that you get directly from the notification panel or any other app that you are using. This way, you need not open WhatsApp to reply to a message that you have received. Though Google Allo has the Quick Reply on the notifications feature, you cannot type your reply. The virtual assistant in the app will give suggestions for reply and you will have to choose from the same.
JioChat and Allo support Doodles
WhatsApp is soon to bring the support to create doodles on the chats. But, with the Allo and JioChat apps, you can send doodles or pictures and send along with the messages.
JioChat supports Video Calling
While Google has another app called Duo for video calling and WhatsApp is yet to bring the voice calling feature to its app, JioChat has the voice calling and video calling features implemented in it. In fact, this app also lets making group video calls.
Allo and WhatsApp are end-to-end encrypted and so users can send secure messages that cannot be read by anyone else. However, there are claims that the JioChat app compromises on security as its messages are not encrypted.
Allo has more features
Google Allo is a level ahead than WhatsApp and JioChat with features such as incognito mode for private chats and the notifications will not show the name of the sender or the contents of the messages.
Google Allo definitely scores more than the other messaging apps, but with JioChat, people can enjoy free video calls and voice calls too as a part of the Welcome Offer. However, Google Allo is new and all users may not be able to find their friends on the app. Eventually, till then, WhatsApp will tend to top the list of the messaging apps.