In an attempt to make it available fore as many users as possible, Google announced that its consumer-facing app, Allo, which can be easily considered as a successor to Gchat, is from now on available for desktop users as well.
Obviously, the main attraction of the application is the Google Assistant integration, but it also packs a couple of very interesting features as well, which have been in the works for some time.
One of Google’s oldest plans
According to TechCrunch, Google was planning to make Allo accessible for desktop users ever since the start of the year. Back in February, Nick Fox, the company’s VP of Communications, tweeted a screenshot of the web client, claiming that it was in the early stages of development.
Google Allo uses a pairing process similar to the one WhatsApp uses, in order to connect the web client with the mobile device. For the moment, it works just with Android phones, but support for iPhones will also be added soon.
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In order to try it, you need to launch the web client in Chrome, then open Allon on your phone and make sure the “Allo for web” option is present in the app’s menu. Select “Scan QR code” and this will pair your app with the PC.
No phone, no fun
Of course, it’s worth mentioning that this basically mirrors your mobile device, so it works as long as the phone has enough battery.
Currently, the interface shows the contacts on the left side, while the chats are present on the right side. As for Google Assistant, it will keep a history log of all the requests you’re making.
Google Allo was first introduced in 2016, at the Google I/O developer conference, alongside video app Duo.