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Google’s Allo is so smart it’ll chat for you

At Google’s I/O conference, the company is in the process of unveiling Allo, an ambitious-looking messaging app that looks like an all-out effort to get the company traction in a category where Facebook, with Messenger and WhatsApp, is booming. It’ll launch on Android and iOS this summer. Allo has many features, one of which I … Continue reading “Google’s Allo is so smart it’ll chat for you”

At Google’s I/O conference, the company is in the process of unveiling Allo, an ambitious-looking messaging app that looks like an all-out effort to get the company traction in a category where Facebook, with Messenger and WhatsApp, is booming. It’ll launch on Android and iOS this summer.

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Allo has many features, one of which I found fascinating but maybe also a little unnerving: If someone sends you a photo, it’s smart enough to examine it and suggest some replies—saving you the effort of actually conversing.

Here it is identifying linguine and proposing three different enthusiastic reactions.

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Harry McCracken is the technology editor for Fast Company, based in San Francisco. In past lives, he was editor at large for Time magazine, founder and editor of Technologizer, and editor of PC World.

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