New Google Allo features go live today

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.

Download it now: Google Play

Source: Amit Fulay (Twitter)

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Raised in North Carolina, Jeff Causey is a licensed CPA in North Carolina. Jeff's past Android devices include an HTC EVO, a Samsung Note II, an LG G3, and a Motorola Moto X Pure Edition along with a Samsung Galaxy Tablet 10.1. He currently uses a Samsung Galaxy S8 and (very rarely) a Nexus 7 (2013). He is also using a Verizon-branded Motorola Moto Z Play Droid supplied by his job. Jeff used to have a pair of Google Glass and a Moto 360 Sport in his stable of gadgets. Unfortunately, his kids have all drunk the Apple Kool-Aid and have i-devices. Life at home often includes demonstrations of the superiority of his Android based devices. In his free time, Jeff is active an active runner usually training for his next marathon, owns a Mazda MX-5 Miata, and plays Dungeons & Dragons. Jeff has three grown kids and a golden retriever.

  • Don Morse

    the only Allo users I know use it for Assistant.

  • ZBlade

    Unless there is SMS support, I hove 0 reasons to download Allo. I can get the Google Assistant via the Google Services (beta) and 95% of my friends are in the same boat.