Google Allo: Can the new chat app outsmart WhatsApp and iMessage?

Google has launched a smart messaging app called Allo that it hopes will rival WhatsApp, Facebook’s Messenger and Apple’s iMessage.  Where Allo differs from these already popular messaging apps is in its “smart” abilities: it can reply to messages for you and has an in-app assistant called “@google” that can search the internet, play videos and offer restaurant suggestions.  The app, which is available for iOS and Android users, draws on Google’s machine learning software to learn how its users talk in order to generate more appropriate suggested responses over time.  Google’s Allo suggests responses for you based on what it sees in messages. This picture is actually a sunset, but let’s not be pedantic Credit: Screenshot/Google As well as offering responses, artificial intelligence also underpins the virtual assistant, which can be called upon to provide directions,…


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