What’s new in Allo?
Allo is an app which draws on Google’s machine learning software to learn how users chat, in order to generate and suggest appropriate responses quickly. The Artificial Intelligence (AI) also underpins the virtual assistant while offering responses, to provide directions, weather news and flight information.
Stand aparts for Allo are:
Google says “whether you’re a haha or ‘lol’ kind of a person, smart reply will improve over time and adjust to your style of conversation.”
In contrast to all the above said goodies the real picture of Google Allo is way different from the one projected. After 2 weeks of release the goods, we bring the goods (aforesaid) and the ills of Allo.
Google Assistant is not a Hit. With the incorporation Google Assistant, the company has tried to stand above the pack of regular chat apps but actually falls apart. Google assistant provides you suggested responses to the person you are chatting to, on the basis of information gathered. It suggests the text even before you type anything. These are helpful to some extent but are also annoying at times when it responds in unusual manner. As far as the feature of offering list of references on restaurants is talked about, assistant highlights the suggestions on its own which actually might not match your taste. And for movies, it might give you the list of latest releases but can’t get reservations done for you. There’s no way to turn off assistant while chatting.
User Privacy put on stake. Privacy perspective has been compromised a lot. To improve the responses of its Artificial Intelligence, Google has made a default setting wherein it monitors and records everything of your conversation and keep it indefinitely unless intentionally deleted by the user. But it has put the user’s privacy at stake as the records may be hacked by hackers.
Restricted availability. Allo is an app that is used only on phones and is not available for chatting on computers, laptops or tablets. It is restricted to the contacts that are already using this app and none others.Moreover it doesn’t have a supporting video calling feature in it. Though Google has launched a separate app for calling named Duo, but there is no link between the both.
Adoption Barrier. The main barrier to adoption might be the number of people who actually download this app. imessages being the direct competition are inbuilt in iPhones and hence have an advantage and even offer better and more amusing features than Allo. More than one billion people each are already using Facebook messenger and Whatsapp. It’s a tough fight for Allo to prove its worth.
Concluding in the words of Tony Wright, a strategist at DigitasLBi, “Google loves to integrate its products into one another, so there will be some sort of search PPC equivalent within app products at some point perhaps.”
Concluding the Blog, we would just say that with Allo Google has introduced a smart Assistant who is qualified enough but lacks experience. So the decision is all yours, whether you like a quick-witted assistant or simply ignore it.