Today, there are dozens if not hundreds of messaging apps in the market. In fact, nowadays some “enthusiasts” may have more messaging apps in their phones than the actual number of friends and family they contact. So what exactly is Allo, and do we really need another messaging app? Well, Allo is yet another messaging app, but it has a few tricks up its sleeves. Allo is the realisation of Google’s big dream on how “smart” messaging apps should be. The new messaging application also has Google’s new Assistant and clearly it is the smartest text messaging application you will find today. Other than the basic chatting features, here are some awesome tips and tricks you can try on Google Allo.
Search old conversations
There is a search bar at the top of Google Allo which is very handy to use. You can use it to dig through old messages. To use it, just tap on the search bar at the top to open it and type in a keyword or phrase and conversation results will appear automatically. Tap the result you were looking for and it will directly take you to the particular message with the keyword.
Make your life smarter
You can chat with the Google Assistant built inside Allo that acts as your very own personal assistant connected to your Google account. You can ask to create reminders, events, set an alarm, do some math, answer general questions etc. You can even set a specific nickname for yourself and it will remember it. For example, Google already knows your real name, still you can tell your assistant to call you “Batman” and now it always remembers it and calls you by that name. It can also remember if you love cats and many other things. This AI learns more about you, your likes and dislikes, even your schedules. So the more one uses it, the more the assistant gets suited towards each user over time. You can also ask to tell you a joke, throw specific GIFs or even pull out particular videos from YouTube.
Auto self-destruct your chats
You must all be familiar with the incognito/private mode (ctrl+shift+N) in Google Chrome. Similarly, Allo also has incognito chatting mode in the app. You can access this feature in the app by tapping the message icon on the bottom and start incognito chat. Just select the particular contact you want to chat with and you can have a private conversation which is end-to-end encrypted. But the cool feature in Allo is you can also set a particular expiration timer for your chats. From five seconds all the way up to one week. This could be perfect when you want to discuss some personal private information.
You can also play single or multiplayer games in Google Allo. To start playing single-player games simply type “play games” in your Google Assistant and it will recommend you games to choose. Select any genre and it will provide you with a new list of games that you can select and play. To start playing multiplayer games with your mates, simply type “@google” and “play games” in the particular chat. The assistant will suggest you some multiplayer games that you can play together with your friends. You can also compete with them for rewards using leaderboards.
Draw on images You can doodle on top of images or add custom text before sending them. Simply select the particular image you want to send by tapping on the “+” button on the message box where you will have five options – keypad, camera, images, stickers and google maps. You can go to the image section (or camera if you want to take a new one) and select the particular image you want to send. After selection, you will find an option where you can edit the image. You can draw on the image in different colours or even add a text to it.
Draw on images