Google Allo is here (kind of) and it's ready to be Android's answer to iMessage

Google Allo is here and it's ready to be Android's answer to iMessage

Those who've made the switch from iOS to Android know all too well the frustration that comes with having to say goodbye to FaceTime and iMessage. Thankfully, Google has an answer in the form of its own set of platform agnostic messaging apps.

Having already launched its FaceTime-beating Duo video messaging app in August, Google has announced that its smart iMessage competitor, Allo, will be released worldwide within the next few days.

Allo allows users to send messages, stickers, images, doodles and more to each other, regardless of whether they use an iPhone or an Android device.

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Along with the features listed above, Allo also boasts Smart Reply, a feature which allows users to reply to messages without typing a single word. It does this by learning how you talk, so that it can provide suggested responses that sound just like you.

Those concerned with security (and let's face it, that should be everyone) will appreciate Allo's Incognito Mode, which lets users receive private notifications and send messages with end-to-end encryption.

Though it isn't available just yet, you can pre-register your interest in Allo on the App Store and the Google Play store to get notified as soon as it's up.

Stephen Lambrechts
Senior Journalist, Phones and Entertainment

Stephen primarily covers phones and entertainment for TechRadar's Australian team, and has written professionally across the categories of tech, film, television and gaming in both print and online for over a decade. He's obsessed with smartphones, televisions, consoles and gaming PCs, and has a deep-seated desire to consume all forms of media at the highest quality possible. 

He's also likely to talk a person’s ear off at the mere mention of Android, cats, retro sneaker releases, travelling and physical media, such as vinyl and boutique Blu-ray releases. Right now, he's most excited about QD-OLED technology, The Batman and Hellblade 2: Senua's Saga.