Allo Isn’t the Messaging App for Me

Allo, Google’s new smart messaging app, has been out for all of 13 hours now. During that short time, I think I’ve already come to the conclusion that this app isn’t for me. That’s not to say that this is a bad app, it’s just not in any way, shape, or form, an app that can handle my messaging needs. I actually joked earlier on Twitter that maybe Allo was really Google’s attempt to convince us that Hangouts isn’t all that bad and that we should stop complaining about it. After spending most of the morning whipping up stories and videos about Allo, I think that’s exactly what I’m realizing – that Hangouts is pretty damn good at what I need from a messaging app.  (more…)

Question of the Day: It’s Finally Here, Thoughts on Allo?

After a long wait, since Google I/O in May to be exact, Allo has finally arrived. Since this morning’s release, there have been a few vocal folks who have expressed displeasure with it, while others seem to like it very much.

Well, that’s why we’re here, to find out your thoughts on the service, now that you’ve been using it for a solid day. Will you drop Messenger and get all of your friends and family to use Allo? Will you abandon Allo in fear of Google spying on you? There’s no wrong answer, we just want your opinion.

Let us have it.

Video: Google Allo First Look and Tour!

Google Allo launched last night and is fully available to almost everyone on Google Play at this point. We know that many of you have had a chance to install Allo (download here) and take it for a spin, but there are potentially just as many of you who are wondering if this is even worth your time. For those who are curious but not yet ready to make the jump, the 15-minute video tour of Allo we just put together should help.

Below, we walk through Allo from just after you’ve signed in to whether or not it is the app that could replace your current messaging choice. We dive into group chats, SMS integration (or lack thereof), show what happens when you send a message from Allo to someone who doesn’t have it, talk about multi-device support (spoiler: there isn’t any), and of course, spend time with Google Assistant both by itself and in conversations.

Allo.  (more…)

Overly Concerned About Privacy? Allo Isn’t for You

With figures like Edward Snowden and Johns Hopkins’s Matthew Green taking to Twitter this morning, many should be questioning whether Allo is the right messaging service for them. When unveiled at Google I/O earlier this year, Google discussed the level of privacy one could expect from the Allo service, with end-to-end encryption Incognito mode and the transient storing of messages being the highlights. Unfortunately for those who take privacy seriously, Google has not delivered a service that meets these two previously set targets. (more…)

Download: Google Allo for Android

In case you missed all of the fun last night, then well, we have news to share with you this morning. Google Allo is available for download on Android and iOS. Yep, available to everyone as far as we can tell. That means you don’t even need to go digging around for questionable .apk files because it is live on Google Play.

Feel free to grab it at the link below. More coming throughout the day!  (more…)

Google Announces Allo Availability, Should be Available Over the Next Few Days

Google’s smart messaging app, Allo, is (almost) ready for you. I say “almost” because the app is officially rolling out, it just may not reach everyone across the globe for the next “few days.” At least that’s what Google has announced tonight. In the announcement for Allo that just went live, Google does indeed say that the app will start showing up as early as today on both Android and iOS.  (more…)

Allo Site Goes Live! But You Still Can’t Install It Just Yet (UPDATED: YES YOU CAN!)

Rumors from the beginning of the week pegged September 21 as the day that Google’s Allo messenger would finally arrive and those rumors appear to be correct. Moments ago, Google pushed live the new Allo website and a promotional video, both of which have links to Google Play and iTunes as if the app is available to be downloaded. (EDIT: SEE BELOW!)  (more…)

Samsung Pay V2.3 Update Adds Iris Scanning, Card Restoring

Samsung Pay v2.3 is available for download on your compatible Galaxy devices.

In the update, Samsung says that the mobile payment system now supports “more of your favorite gift cards” and membership cards, restores those cards when you sign back in to Samsung Pay, and supports “iris based authentication” on supported phones. There is a single phone with an iris scanner at the moment, the Galaxy Note 7, so should you find yourself in the possession of the non-exploding variety, give the iris scanning a go!  (more…)