Google launches Allo, bets on artificial intelligence to spice up chats

Google-parent Alphabet has launched messaging app Allo to compete with Facebook Inc’s WhatsApp and Messenger.PHOTO: BLOOMBERG SAN FRANCISCO (REUTERS) – Google-parent Alphabet launched Allo, a messaging app that incorporates Google’s search feature and a chatbot that uses machine learning to “improve” itself over time. The new messaging service, which was unveiled in May, will compete with Facebook Inc’s WhatsApp and Messenger. The much-anticipated launch comes a month after Google rolled out Duo, its video calling app. Allo features a chatbot powered by Google Assistant, a virtual personal assistant like Apple Inc’s Siri. Users can call up the assistant in a chat by typing “@google” followed by a search query and the results will be displayed in the chat itself. (http://bit.ly/2dgDr6l) “The more you use it, the more it improves over…


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