What is the main difference between Google Allo and Google Duo
Google has confirmed via its official blog that Google Allo will be released today. We aren’t able to download it from Google Play just yet, but keep checking! You can also pre-register your interest through the Google Play listing.
What is Google Allo? | Google Allo features
Google Allo is a messaging app which will compete with the likes of Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp and iMessage. Surprisingly, Allo isn’t a Hangouts replacement but its own standalone app coming to iOS and Android soon, but what makes it stand out from the myriad of other messaging apps available?
The main difference is that Allo comes with some machine learning built in, courtesy of Google Assistant, the company’s virtual assistant. As explained by Engineering Director Erik Kay on stage at Google I/O 2016, Allo is a ‘smart’ messaging app that learns over time to make conversations both easier and more productive. That’s all well and good, but what does that actually mean?
Firstly, you’ll be presented with Smart Replies. These aren’t stagnated quick reply options like you see on other messaging platforms, oh no – Google claims that Assistant will learn over time and provide you with personalised answers that you’d actually use. It’ll work when asked things like if you want to go out for dinner, but will also suggest responses to photos because, Google being Google, the company can analyse the photo and its contents, understand the context and suggest a response.
What is Google Duo? | Google Duo features
Duo is Google’s standalone video calling app that looks set to take on Skype and FaceTime. We say standalone video calling app because that’s exactly what it is – there’s no messaging function as you get with Skype, its only purpose is for video chat. It features a simple UI and measures in at a tiny 5MB in size, making it an attractive option for video callers. So what makes it special? There are a number of cool features available, but the key feature of Duo is speed.
In August 2016 Google also confirmed that Duo will soon support audio-only calls – this means Google could look to integrate Duo as the main communication service in future iterations of Android, cutting out the need for traditional cellular calls altogether. All hail Google.
Duo features a feature called Knock Knock, exclusive to Android devices, which shows you a live video of the person video calling you on your lock screen before you even pick up the phone. Once you do answer the call, the video call starts instantly with no black loading screens or lag. The app is incredibly responsive in performance, and we think it’ll be a major selling point of the service.