Google is now rolling out the desktop version of messaging app Allo as promised and the update has already hit several users.
Google launched the web-based version of Allo. Users can now access the app directly from the web browser of their computers. Allo, similar to web version Whatsapp requires users to open the web link for Allo and scan the QR code displayed on the web page using the Allo app on the smartphone.
Moreover, the app won't work on a mobile browser which makes it safer and secure.
The web version of the app will only allow access to limited features. The features that won't be accessible on web platform are:
- Connecting, switching, or removing Google accounts
- Adding or removing members from an existing group
- Backing up your information
- Notification and privacy settings
- Chat features, like taking a photo, deleting a conversation, blocking contacts, or starting a chat with someone who's not in your contacts
Google tried to thrust Allo to users while advertising the AI assistance offered by the app.
Moreover, Google had announced in February that a desktop version of the app will be made available for users although it did not confirm a date.
The big question, however, remains whether the app is getting popular among users or not? With so many messaging apps already available for users on both iOS and Android Allo hardly offers anything unique except for the Assistance. Google has its own instant messaging apps posing as a contender to Allo which include Hangout, Voice, Duo and now YouTube Chat as well.