Google’s Allo chat app is coming to desktop
- Fariha Khan
- February 27, 2017
Google’s Allo chat app isn’t really leading the app charts at the moment. Well, one of the reasons could be that it’s limited to a single device. Google intended to create an app with a “mobile first” thinking, basing the app on phone numbers in place of Google accounts. It made setup simpler and possibly could have helped the app spread. However, at the same time it implied that you could just use it on your phone. Not having a desktop client harms Allo’s prospects amongst early adopters with laptops.
It seems that Google has got to know the feedback, as its VP of Communications, Nick Fox, tweeted out a screenshot of a desktop Google’s Allo chat app:
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What can we get to know from this screenshot?
1. We have learnt that it’s an Chrome app, not a native Windows or Mac app.
2. It fully supports the Google Assistant bot, both in a direct chat and in your chats with friends. So that means it’s the first time the Google Assistant will make its way to the desktop.
3. It is not known when the app will be launched. However, it is not expected soon considering it is in the development phase at the moment.
What we’ve got to know is that Google has realized that for a chat app to really thrive it must be able to work on a range of devices. So far we don’t know if this web app work like WhatsApp or if it is connected directly to your Allo information in the cloud. In case it’s the former, it is possible that Google’s Allo chat app will still only work on one phone at a time while if it’s the latter, it will imply that Google has built the infrastructure essential to enable you to have the Google’s Allo chat app installed on various phones, tablets, as well as Chromebooks.
We will keep you updated on this as soon as we get more information from Google about the Google’s Allo chat app.