Google Allo, the messaging app by Google, has long since been trying to amass a strong userbase and expand to platforms like WhatsApp. When Google rolled out Allo last September, the app was available only to Android and iOS smartphones. There was no desktop client available as in the case of WhatsApp. In February, Google announced its plans for launching a desktop client of Allo, and seems like the wait could be over.While the client was supposed to roll out “in a couple of months” as told by Nick Fox, Google s Vice President of Communications Products, the delay has been significant. Many were expecting Google to announce the Allo desktop client during Google I/O, but that did not happen either. Now, responding to a user query, Amit Fulay, Google’s Head of Product for Allo and Duo on Twitter, confirmed that the desktop client is only a few weeks away. Also Read - UEFA Euro 2020: Colourful Google Doodle kicks off European Football ChampionshipAlso Read - Android 12 beta 2 rolling out: New privacy features, tweaked design and more
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He only mentioned that the update will be available in the coming weeks — no exact date or time was mentioned. Few could be two or twenty. After the response, many have been asking Fulay if post the launch of the desktop client, Google Hangouts, Google Duo and Google Allo will all integrate into one single app. There has been no response yet to the query. Also, Fulay has not mentioned any of the features that the Google Allo desktop client will debut with. However, some of the features announced by Fox are likely to be a part of the client. ALSO READ: You can now make a Google Duo video call straight from the Allo app
It is unclear if the Google Allo desktop client will follow WhatsApp, and come with a browser-based desktop client or a native desktop client. While many have been requesting a native app, it is unclear what path Google will take. If Google launches a native app, it will give Google Allo an edge over WhatsApp, currently the most popular messenger app.
Fox has teased users saying he has been using the client daily, and others will be able to soon use it too. To name some of the features unique to the Google Allo client will be the Quick Selfie feature, which will automatically power the desktop/PC camera and use it to click a selfie. The selfie can then be shared directly inside the app. Google Allo desktop client will also support Incognito Mode, which will allow users to have private conversations that automatically get deleted post a certain timeframe. However, the features are only speculation for now and the actual details will be revealed only post a “few weeks.”