[Video] Google Allo vs. Google Hangouts

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Google has launched a variety of messaging services, with Hangouts being its best attempt. The recently launched smart messaging service Allo was another recent attempt, but has so far, has fallen short of what many of us want out of a messaging application, such as basic things like actual SMS support and the ability to use it to replace our default text messaging.

With that in mind, we’ve decided to pit Hangouts and Google Allo against each other. Is one better than the other? Find out in this epic face off after the break.

One of the neat aspects of Allo is the Google Assistant, a built-in assistant that can enrich your conversations by providing contextual information. It’s one of the appealing features that has drawn users to download Allo and see what Assistant is all about. Unfortunately, being just a preview edition of Assistant, it actually doesn’t work that well.

On the other hand, we have Hangouts. There’s no Google Assistant or contextual information to be seen, but it’s still a somewhat solid and polished messaging app. It has SMS support, a way to chat on the desktop and is used by hundreds of thousands of people.

That’s not to say Hangouts is one of the best messaging apps out there. No, it still has its issues. For one thing, it’s almost as if Hangouts doesn’t have any clear direction as to what it wants to be. It’s also not very easy or seamless to set up things like video calls. It was hoped that Allo would be just that: a messaging app with clear direction and features that are easy-to-use and seamless to converse with.

It goes without saying, Allo and Hangouts both have their issues. But, is one better than the other? Certainly, and Hangouts it the likely victor here.


About the Author: Brad Ward

Brad is a tech enthusiast, writing and tinkering with all things technology since 2011. He currently bounces between the LG G3 and his beloved Moto X! His interests include reading, entrepreneurship, the gym, and of course, queso.


  • S.G.

    Where is the discussion?

  • https://long2know.com long2know

    I’m definitely going to continue using Hangouts.

  • John Bokilo

    This writer has managed to say nothing at all in this essay. Sad.

  • Cristi Neagu

    Allo should have been a Hangouts updated. Put assistants into Hangouts, add end to end encryption by default, and there you go. Why bother with Allo and Duo when you already have Hangouts?

  • dethduck

    Anyone else miss Google Talk?