Google’s summer plan: To become the OS of your life

The big news out of Google I/O 2016 centered around Allo, Assistant, and Home. Much of the press has been tittering about how these products signal Google’s intention to wade into bot battle with Facebook’s Messenger, Apple’s Siri, and Amazon’s Alexa/Echo. While that may be so, the bigger implications are largely getting overlooked. These developments and Google’s message about its direction are not about devices or apps or things. The more impressive Google revelation is about conversational interactions and relationships. It’s about people. Briefly, Google Allo is an Android and iOS mobile messaging app scheduled for summer release that looks much like other chat apps. But Allo is enhanced with a machine learning engine that can parse context from images and text, allowing it to suggest remarkably cogent replies during messaging…


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