Google's new messaging app uses your phone number, just like WhatsApp
Hangouts (Android, iOS) must be shaking in its boots. At the I/O 2016, Google has just presented its brand new messaging app, Allo. The app, which will have users register with their phone numbers rather than their emails, has some features we're pretty giddy about, including: integrated machine learning, Google Assistant, and OpenTable for making dinner reservations straight from the app.
Allo is essentially an epic messaging service with chat bots, that lets you talk to you pals and ask Google whatever you want - at the very same time, in the very same place. Google will even serve up its answers within the chat window. Allo will help keep your conversations (and banter) flowing, and help you get shit done at the same time.
Smart Reply: based on your previous responses (and style)
Whisper Shout: change your font size with a quick swipe
Access to analytics within chats
The Google Assistant
Incognito Mode: with encrypted chats that disappear when you decide
Google also took the chance to show off its other new app, Duo; a simple, fast one-to-one video calling app with a cool Knock Knock feature that gives you a live video preview of the caller before you pick up.