Google announced an upgrade to the Google Allo messaging app that is a combination of actual improvements and enhancements to make things a little easier for users as well as a marketing tie-in with the hit show Stranger Things. The latter takes the form of a new sticker pack that can be downloaded within Allo that draws on Stranger Things.
The Stranger Things sticker pack is being released to coincide with the Halloween season, so users will likely make some use of it for a short time before transitioning to other artwork. Other improvements will stick around and be used on a much more regular basis though. One of these improvements is the ability to reply directly from notifications on both Android and iOS devices. That may address one of the top feature requests the developers were flooded with after release if it meets the needs of those hoping for a better option for “quick reply.”
Despite the apparent timing and release schedule, another enhancement that Google had to build and release for Allo is support for Android Nougat. This support includes the ability to use Allo in split-screen mode. Allo can also make use of app shortcuts now so that conversations can be launched directly from the home screen. iOS users will also find an improvement that targets their platform in particular as they now have the ability to doodle on photos before sharing them via Google Allo.
If you are a fan of Stranger Things, Google is also planning something special in the New York City area today involving Hawkins National Laboratories. Be sure to follow Google (@google) on Twitter for more on that. If you want to give Google Allo a try, hit the download link below to get it from the Play Store.