Google recently launched Duo to the Play Store, but Allo has yet to be seen. In fact, information has been rather scarce. But, thanks to Android Police, we’re getting a small look into what to expect with Allo.
This report says that Allo will have a new deep-search functionality. This feature will allow Allo users to search all of their conversations inside of the new messaging app. The search function is available throughout the entire app, and as Android Police reports, it’s quite extensive.
In it’s most basic form, you can search for things you’ve typed in individual messages to another contact. But, it goes a bit further than that, allowing you to search for terms from Assistant’s automated messages. There’s obviously a lot more to this function, but this what we know so far from a preview version.
The other thing Allo will be getting is an incognito mode, as announced at Google I/O 2016 earlier this year. Chats in incognito mode are end-to-end encrypted and feature unique identity keys for each person chatting. But, because of this added security, Google Assistant won’t work inside an incognito mode chat.
To tell if you’re in an incognito mode chat, you’ll see a unique background with a hat and sunglasses graphic. Regular chats will simply sport a white background. Another way to identify an incognito mode chat is that you’ll see that same exact graphic above your contact’s profile photo.
Incognito mode chats are also very private. For instance, you’ll get a notification from Allo that you have a new message, but it will not for any reason show you the content of that message in the notification.
Now, here’s the interesting part: Allo’s incognito chats can have a chosen expiry time just like Snapchat, if you wish. Incognito chats will have an expiry timer next to the recipient’s name. You can set this time to as little as 5 seconds, as long as 1 week, or just “off.”
It sounds like, at least right now, it’s implemented quite strangely. For instance, these messages can expire without the recipient ever seeing them. It’s likely that this will probably change by the time the final build of Allo comes around. After all, what’s the point of setting an expiry timer if the recipient of that message never sees it?
There’s still no indication of when Allo will officially launch, but now that Duo is available, hopefully we won’t be waiting too much longer.