Desktop client for Google’s Allo app is still a few more weeks away from release

Google’s Allo app launched last year, and it’s safe to say that so far it hasn’t become the go-to app for instant messaging, despite being pre-installed on new handsets. One of the main complaints about the Allo messaging service is the lack of a desktop client, while Google is working on one it is still a few more weeks away from being released.

According to the tweet above from Amit Fulay, Google’s Head of Product, Allo users eager for a desktop client need to be patient for a few more weeks. A desktop client for Allo was revealed in February when Google’s Nick Fox revealed a screenshot of the software when it was “early in development”. It’s now the middle of July and Allo users are still waiting for the desktop client to be officially released.

With competing apps such as WhatsApp, iMessage, and Facebook Messenger all fighting to be top dog, Allo has an uphill battle ahead of it. This isn’t a bad thing necessarily, in its efforts to catch up Google must also be more creative to give users a reason to swap over to Allo. Whether the belated release of a desktop client will be enough to jumpstart Allo’s user base is anyone’s guess.

Google asked for feedback on how to fix Allo back in February, and the readers had some very definite ideas on how this could be accomplished, with the two chief remedies being the addition of a desktop client and the amalgamation of Hangouts, Allo, Duo, and Messages into a single, full-featured service.

Is the upcoming release of a desktop client a good enough reason for you to switch over to Allo? Let us know in the comments below.

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About the Author: Peter Holden

He's been an Android fan ever since owning an HTC Hero, with the Dell Streak being his first phablet. He currently carries a Pixel 2 XL, Huawei P20 Pro, and a Galaxy Tab S2 8.0 around in his pockets. When not immersed in the world of Android and gadgets, he's an avid sports fan, and like all South Africans, he loves a good Braai (BBQ).

  • komrath

    Allo was for me a nice little gadget, but with the amount of communicators out there, nobody used it from my friends, so I gave up.

    • Peter Holden

      For sure. It’s hard to swap over to a new messaging app when no one else does, who do you chat to? Instead of releasing 5 new messaging apps that do different, but connected functions, Google needs to make one app that does everything.

  • Richard Dennis

    I think its to late.. If this was available on launch it might have been viable.. but i think its been DOA for 9 months already.. We will see.

  • Rat Rant

    Who is using Allo? This messenger was dead in the water. It’s the age of high-security messengers like Signal and Threema. The day someone comes up with a search engine that provides as relevant results as Google, I finally won’t have to use any Google service again. I’m certainly not using a Google messenger when there are plenty of secure alternatives around. /rant