Things in Common
- Available on Android and iOS.
- Uses your phone number, your phone contacts to populate its contacts list.
- Can only have one device associated with your number at a time.
- Problem: I have far more people’s email addresses than phone numbers.
- Not available on tablets.
Instant messaging app.
Integrates the new Google Assistant.
Does not tell you if a contact has Allo yet. If they do not, it sends the message as an SMS with a link to install Allo.
When you switch devices, you lose all your messages from the old device.
- Finally admitting that most people don’t want to talk to their phone to get stuff done most of the time.
- Seems to work alright. I discovered that it can send you the day’s weather forecast every morning. My little sister played games with it for a while.
- This is pretty much Allo’s only unique feature, so when the Assistant becomes available in more areas of the phone/in Google Home, Allo will lose a lot of its appeal.
One-to-one video calling.
How is the video and audio quality?
Interface is simple, clean, to the point.