[Video] Google Allo vs. Google Hangouts

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Google has launched a variety of messaging services, with Hangouts being its best attempt. The recently launched smart messaging service Allo was another recent attempt, but has so far, has fallen short of what many of us want out of a messaging application, such as basic things like actual SMS support and the ability to use it to replace our default text messaging.

With that in mind, we’ve decided to pit Hangouts and Google Allo against each other. Is one better than the other? Find out in this epic face off after the break.

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Allo will get proper SMS support in a future version

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Allo launched Tuesday night to much hype and excitement. Unfortunately, much of that excitement turned to disappointment as users figured out that Allo wouldn’t be able to replace their default text messaging app, largely because of the lack of any sort of text messaging support.

It’s not all bad news, though. It’s likely that Allo will get full SMS support in a future version, according to a hint from Allo’s co-lead Justin Uberti.

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Here’s what everyone is saying about Allo

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Google launched its highly anticipated smart messaging service Allo last night, and it’s pretty much turned out to be a disaster from the start. The premise behind Allo is that Google Assistant will add seamless contextual information to conversations, but with Assistant only being a “Preview Edition” it certainly doesn’t work as intended. And since Assistant doesn’t work that well at all, all we really have is another glorified messaging app–it’s just like WhatsApp, Telegram, Facebook Messenger, and the list could go on forever.

Hit the break to find out what everyone is saying about Allo.

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Google backtracks on promise not to store Allo messages indefinitely

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While we were given a heads-up as to when Google’s Allo messaging would begin rolling out, no one really expected it to become available to the masses in the small hours of the night. It did, though, and as is usual with new apps, people have been tearing into Allo, finding out all sorts of interesting things. Something that has been found out in the few hours since Allo officially launched is the change in Google’s stance of only storing messages transiently, and not indefinitely. Read more