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Google Presents Allo, Duo For Video, Messaging

Google Presents Allo, Duo For Video, Messaging on Freepps Blog

The crowded instant messaging scene is about to get even more packed.

Google's I/O events always bring a variety of newsworthy happenings and this year, it's no exception.

This time around, Mountain View announced not one but two messaging apps that will serve a different purpose. The first one called Allo will act as your run-of-the-mill messenger app, and you need a valid phone number to sign up and use it. Duo, on the other hand, will act as a standalone video app, albeit with deep Google services integration. 

Google Allo DemonstrationGoogle assistant in Allo

While these two may seem like Hangouts is about to get dishonorably discharged, this isn't the case.

If you keep in mind the recent release of YouTube messenger, creating separate folders for both Google apps and messaging apps doesn't sound like a bad idea. 

reating separate folders for both Google apps and messaging apps doesn't sound like a bad idea.

Judging from its setup requirements, Allo will compete with traditional - and hugely popular - apps like WhatsApp. Hangouts, conversely, is likely to take on Messenger as it doesn't need a number but a Google account instead. The users are left to wonder if the idea of integrating all the said functions into one convenient app has crossed Google's mind, as duplicating functions aren't what we're looking for.

Both Duo and Allo aren't live yet, so maybe Google will clear things out before their expected summer rollout.

What are your thoughts about this messaging feast? Share it in the comments!

Antoine DeGrasse

@freepps_top

Avid rhyme maker, master of ceremonies, lord of the phones. @tequillo

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