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.
On it … few more weeks
— Amit Fulay (@amitfulay) July 8, 2017
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.
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