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…)

Samsung Reportedly Testing Android 7.0 on Galaxy S7

According to the Samsung wizards at SamMobile, the company has officially entered the firmware testing phase for the Nougat update on the Galaxy S7. What does this mean for us? Sadly, not much, as the company has been hesitant on ever delivering any type of solidified timeframe for when customers can expect to see major updates. On the bright side, something is happening, and that’s never a bad thing. (more…)

Verizon Moto Z, Galaxy Note 5, and Galaxy S6 Edge+ are All Getting Security Patch Updates Today

Owners of a Moto Z, Moto Z Force, Galaxy Note 5, or Galaxy S6 Edge+ on Verizon should be on the lookout for an update today. The updates are all minor, but they do include the latest security patches from Google. In fact, the Moto Z and Force updates appear to be September’s. Look at you, Moto, doing big things these days.  (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…)