Comparing Google Allo and other Apps
With the recent introduction of Google Allo into the scene, there is an increase in the number of messaging apps all over the world. Google Allo has come to join other messaging apps like Whatsapp, Facebook Messenger, Snapchat, Telegram, WeChat, Google Hangouts amongst others. Among all these listed apps however, it is safe to say that Whatsapp and Facebook Messenger have the most users. Will Google Allo be able to meet up with its predecessors?
Comparing Google Allo with other messaging apps, it is pertinent to review what Allo can do compared to other apps. Using Google Allo is very easy. It only requires a mobile number based login and does not need an e-mail link. It also has a video-calling feature. So, how does Allo differ from other Apps? Is it better? Let’s explore.
Google stated that Allo can do more than regular messaging apps. Because it has Google Assistant, it has the power to search. This, uers can use even in the middle of a chat. Users can look up restaurants close to them, check movie schedules at the cinemas and play games with the Assistant. Not forgetting that the app also gives auto-suggestions for replies. It enables users of Android to draw on photos, offers supports for stickers, incognito chat mode for end-to-end encrrytion and after sometime, chats are no longer seen. Users can select an expiry date for their messages, send messages for free to those who do not have the Allo app and they get the replies from those messages right on the app.
The problem with this app however, is that Google stores all your chats with Google assistants on their servers so even if your messages are deleted, they are not gone forever hence, there is no total privacy. Also, file sharing is not supported on this app.
WhatsApp on its own has an end-to-end encryption which gives some degree of privacy to your chats. Once you delete a message, it is gone, totally. It supports voice calling and file sharing. There are also attempts to include stickers, scribbling on photos, etc, soon. Whatsapp recently announced that it will start sharing information with facebook. However, a user can opt out of this feature but users’ phone numbers, device used etc will be shared on facebook. Perhaps this is not good as there are privacy concerns.
Facebook Messenger has about a billion users and supports voice and voice-calling feature. A user can see all his/her facebook friends in the contact list. They can also sync their mobile numbers with the app. They have the discretion to either allow or disallow requests from those who are not on their contact list. They can also send GIFs, scribble on photos before sending them. Facebook Messenger however, does not support end-to-end encryption by default. It has a separate conversation mode and messages get deleted after sometime.
Telegram supports end-to-end encryption but only in the secret chat mode. Users of Telegram are able to share heavy files (up to 1GB) and formats like MP3, MP4, etc. They can also add up over 5000 members in a superGroup.
All these platforms are great in their own unique ways but are there any difference? Or are we just accumulating messengers after messengers just for the sake of it? Will Google Allo rise to defeat the other Messaging Apps? This remains to be seen.