"Smart Reply will improve over time and adjust to your style."
Technology mammoth, Google, has launched a new smart messaging app called ‘Google Allo’.
Available on iOS and Android, it boasts numerous fantastic features that make our lifestyle much more fun.
But for Indian users, the Smart Reply function is thus far the most interesting of them all.
Picking up the user’s texting patterns, Google Allo can suggest several options of short replies to choose from.
Amit Fulay, Group Product Manager of Google, explains: “If your friend sends you a photo of their pet, you might see Smart Reply suggestions like ‘aww cute!’.
“And whether you’re a ‘haha’ or ‘:D’ kind of person, Smart Reply will improve over time and adjust to your style.”
Google has customised this function for Indian users, making some smart replies in Hinglish.
Facebook user Shubham Yadav comments:
“Trust me guys this feature is great. Not any random suggestion but relevant to the chat even if you write in Hinglish.
“Write ‘play Bajrangi songs’ and the whole playlist comes over and you can play it there even!”
Another striking features is ‘Google Assistant’, which was demonstrated by CEO Sundar Pichai at I/O 2016.
Not only does this guide the user through the app’s features, but also throws numerous options after the simple “What you can do?”
Furthermore, Google Assistant helps users find hotels, flights and set reminders and alarms.
It also displays top news stories in different categories. Talking about this fantastic feature, Fulay mentions:
“The Google Assistant is the next chapter in a journey Google has been on for many years to assist people in their everyday lives.
“We’re starting with a preview edition to show you just one way that your Assistant will work for you in chat.”
There are over 200 rolling-out stickers created by popular independent artists – relevant to the mass Indian users.
The app allows selfies, stickers, emojis, along with text formatting to some extent. A user can even increase or decrease text size by simply dragging the send button up or down.
Amit Fulay, Group Product Manager of Google, says:
“Whether it’s planning a night out or just catching up, we rely on messaging to stay in touch with friends and family every day.
“But too often we have to hit pause on our conversation — whether it’s to check the status of a flight or look up that new restaurant.
“So we created Allo, a messaging app that helps you keep your conversation going, by providing assistance when you need it.”
Easy and fun to use, Google Allo will give other messaging apps like WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger a run for its money!