Google announced new messaging app Allo at its I/O developers conference today.
Allo is a smart messaging app that makes your conversations easier. Like WhatsApp it’s based on your phone number, so you can get in touch with anyone in your phonebook.
And with deeply integrated machine learning, Allo has Smart Reply built in (similar to Inbox). So you can respond to messages without typing.
When you receive a message from your friend, Allo lists possible replies (or “suggestion chips”) above the keyboard. Allo’s replies are result of A.I. that understands natural speech patterns and can effectively read images.
The more you use Allo, the more suggestions you will get. Smart Reply also works with photos, providing intelligent suggestions related to the content of the photo.
“This is only possible because we married our strengths in computer vision and natural language processing,” Kay said. “If you think about it, there’s a lot of complex technology at play here to say something as fun and natural as ‘I love linguine!’.”
Allo also features the Google assistant, bringing the richness of Google directly into your chats—helping you find information, get things done, and have fun. You can chat one-on-one with the assistant, or call on Google in a group chat with friends.
Either way, you no longer have to jump between apps to do things like book a dinner reservation with friends, get up-to-date sports scores, settle a bet, or play a game.
The assistant in Allo lets you bring things like Search, Maps, YouTube and Translate to all your conversations, so that you and your friends can use Google together.
The Google assistant in Allo understands your world, so you can ask for things like your agenda for the day, details of your flight and hotel, or photos from your last trip.
And since it understands natural language patterns, you can just chat like yourself and it’ll understand what you’re saying.
Duo, a video calling app
Duo is a simple, fast one-to-one video calling app for everyone. Whether you’re on Android or iOS, a fast or slow connection, in New York or New Delhi. Like Allo, Duo is based on your phone number, allowing you to reach anyone in your phonebook. And its simple interface fades away when you’re in a call, so it’s just the two of you.
Both Allo and Duo will be available this summer on Android and iOS.