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People are chatting with Allo's Google Assistant like they did with Siri in 2011

Google has finally launched its long awaited AI-based messaging app, Allo, for Android users today. However, somehow users are as amused with Allo’s Google Assistant as they were by Siri five years ago.

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Back in 2011, when Apple introduced the world to its digital personal assistant, Siri, everybody went bonkers asking all sort of questions – silly and brilliant – to the software. It was a pretty new concept for everyone to be able to talk to your phone, and being able to receive response that were not only helpful but also witty. It was like iPhone users found a little friend in their handsets. Today, Google has launched its new Artificial Intelligence (AI)-based messaging app, Allo. The messaging app comes with a dedicated chat with Google Assistant, which basically lets a user search for something within the app itself. And the assistant is somewhat a chat version of Siri, and somehow, people are still as amused with the software, as they were with Siri five years ago. Also Read - New avatar of Google Chrome’s offline dinosaur game: How you can play

After Google Allo was launched today for all Android users, people are putting the app’s personal assistant to test and asking it all kinds of questions. Many users have been sharing a screenshot of their conversation with the Google Assistant on Twitter, and it is kind of hilarious. This man on Twitter made all attempts to flirt with Allo, but Google Assistant dodged every attempt so beautifully! Also Read - Internet down: Zomato, Paytm, Disney+ Hotstar, Amazon, Myntra, many other global services suffered massive outage

 

 

It’s quite interesting to see you the conversations with the Google Assistant posted by many users are so natural. Even to non-sense like a random ‘hm’ the AI-based chat replies to actually what a friend would respond to such a nonsensical conversation.

 

The Google Assistant in the messaging app takes on wit quite similarly to Siri, I must say. If you are bored it will tell you a joke, it knows how to praise itself, it sends you web links when it isn’t really sure of what you are asking. But then again, that’s essentially what its job is.

Google had first unveiled the Allo messaging app at I/O 2016 earlier this year. With Allo, Google is essentially taking on the likes of WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger by using AI to make the messaging app smarter. Posing as a tough competition to the existing online Google Allo brings in a variety of features to make things interesting. The AI-based messaging app comes with features like WhisperShout, Ink, end-to-end encryption, and incognito mode among others.

However, one of the high points of Google Allo is the app’s smart capabilities. When chatting, the AI monitors the topic of conversation and suggests replies that can be sent with just a tap. Which means the app comes with high conversation predictions. According to Google Allo’s image recognition system is nearly 90 percent accurate. It’s image recognition accuracy comes in play with its feature of suggestions based on images, shared by a user or the recipient. For instance, if a user sends a picture of a puppy, the app will suggest replies like ‘cute’, ‘adorable’, and the like.

Tell us in comments below if you have used Google Allo yet, and if you have what do you think about the app, and how likely are you to shift from messaging apps like WhatsApp and Messenger to Google Allo.

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  • Published Date: September 21, 2016 5:30 PM IST
  • Updated Date: September 21, 2016 5:35 PM IST



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