Google Allo Can Now be Used via Chrome Browser, But There is a Catch


Google Allo, the smart messaging app launched by Google last year, which was supposed to rival services like WhatsApp and Hike, was a hit during its launch as it garnered 5 million downloads in the first few days, but its growth in the following months doesn’t resonate its early days.

Google Allo can now be accessed via Google Chrome browser

In a bid to reach a wider audience, Google has extended its Allo app to the Chrome browser too. Now Allo users can easily use the access the app on their by scanning a QR code using their mobile phones.

But the feature is currently only available to Android phone users. There is no news on when iPhone users will receive the feature.

As pointed out in The Verge’s report, Allo’s support for desktop was first announced by the company at the Google I/O in May and now it has finally arrived.

How to Setup Allo on Desktop?

Ever used WhatsApp web? Then you already know the way to go. But if not, then all you need to do is access the Allo for web page via your Chrome browser and then scan the QR code using your Android device. The Allo app will open up on your Chrome browser.

With numerous other popular messaging services like WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Telegram, Hike and many others, Allo has been struggling to find its ground.

Google Allo comes with the Google Assistant and loads of other features like chatting one-on-one in incognito mode, smart reply and text resizing, but it failed on many other accounts during its initial launch.

The absence of features like end-to-end encryption, file sharing, video and voice calling were few of the reasons that Google Allo failed against its competition.

Services such as WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger already have a billion-plus strong user base while Allo still languishes between 10 million to 50 million (estimated downloads) and it’ll be tough for Google Allo to compete with them at such a nascent stage.

In an era where people are looking for maximum features within a single app, launching Allo and Duo separately weren’t really a bright idea and that’s evident by the fact that you rarely hear about either of them.

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