Last month Google started rolling out an update to their messaging app, Google Allo, that included code for several new features. As was noted at the time, Google had written things so that new features could be turned on via the server side instead of relying on users repeatedly update their app, although it appears these latest changes may require a client update. The fruit of all this work was realized today as Google announced two of the new features were going live along with another one that had not been identified or discussed earlier.
According to a tweet by Amit Fulay, Google’s Head of Product for Google Allo, Google Duo and WebRTC, three new features were turned on and are rolling out to users. The two that we knew about from the earlier report include the Chat backup and restore features as well as the incognito group chat mode. Another new feature rolling out is link preview.
For now at least, it appears the enhanced selfie camera features and the sticker pack are not yet ready to hit consumer devices. None of these changes are likely to do much to entice people to actually use Allo for their messaging platform. That probably won’t happen until Google adds in support for SMS text messaging at a minimum and likely multi-platform access so users are not limited to just using it on their smartphone.
If you are using Allo or want to give it a spin, hit the link below to grab it or update it from the Play Store.
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Source: Amit Fulay (Twitter)