Google debuts Allo for Chrome, pairs only with Android phones at launch

Posted August 16, 2017

We knew it was coming, it just hit us a bit sooner than we expected. READ NEXT:Google's voice dictation tech now supports 30 more languages You can send basic text messages as well as stickers, emoji and Allo smart replies.

Adding further, Amit Fulay's recent tweet suggests users to try out the "Allo" for web on Chrome. Google has always wanted to have a big messaging client under its roof but over the years, the company has failed many times.

Allo's web interface looks as good as it does on the Android app. At least, the web client is now available. Those who wish to do use it can do so right away by updating their app to v16. Five days into its launch, Allo recorded 5 million Google Play Store downloads, but it took two months to double this figure. Other than that, the browser client works much like you'd expect it to and allows you to use Google's communications app on your computer or laptop.

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As reported before, Allo on the web uses a similar pairing process to WhatsApp to connect its web client with your mobile device. As I watched, the "Allo on web" menu just showed up. I personally think this was one of the key things the app needed to succeed, and having a desktop app makes it even better. Unfortunately Chrome doesn't support this feature on Mac OS X. If you own a Mac, we recommend either using something like Applicationize or a script-based work around. I am on version 15 of the Allo app and I was thinking that I'd need to be on 16 in order to get it but that wasn't the case. Duo now has between 100,000,000 to 500,000,000 installs on Android, while Allo has between 10,000,000 to 50,000,000 on the platform.

But Google has muddied the waters of its messaging strategy.