Google has been quite slow to expand the Allo ecosystem since first revealing yet another messaging platform from the tech giant. One piece that seemed to take forever was the launch of a web interface for users wanting to access Allo from their desktops. Google finally released a web interface last month, but users quickly discovered it was a barebones version lacking some features. Google is starting work on addressing the shortcomings and today released an update adding the ability to shout or whisper when sending messages and they added the Smart Smiley function.
The ability to shout or whisper is accomplished by clicking and holding on the send button and then dragging your mouse up or down. This increases or decreases the font size to simulate shouting – bigger – or whispering – smaller.
Smart Smiley is really just a way to search for emojis. Allo already offers up suggestions as you type. However, if you click on the smiley face with a magnifying glass icon, users can enter a search phrase to find an emoji that may not have appeared as a suggestion based on the context. The other benefit of this feature is that it is not limited to emojis. The Smart Smiley feature will also suggest GIFs and stickers based on the search phrase.
If you are interested in giving Allo a try, you can head over to allo.google.com/web or install the Allo app on your smartphone.