Say Hello to Google Allo, an AI Powered App that brings Google’s smarts to messaging
When Allo was previewed at I/O 2016, the world got excited about talking with bots all over again. Allo and its Smart Assistant features placed a personal bot at your fingertips, one that was promised to learn over time and make your life a few clicks and taps easier.
The centerpiece of Allo is the Google Assistant, which will be a big part of +Android
going forward. It offers useful information and links using contextual information and natural language queries. For example, you can ask what the weather will be tomorrow, then follow up with, "what about the weekend?" There's a special Assistant chat you can use, and at any time in a conversation you can ping Google to get help with something. Like Google Now, it can tell you the weather, and it lets you set timers, alarms and reminders and ask general questions. You can also use it to see the latest news or specific news about a person or event (and subscribe to daily updates about them) or ask about nearby restaurants, flight delays and other standard queries you are likely familiar with from Google Now. You can also play a trivia game and, if you feel like you are in a confessional mode, you can tell the Assistant things about yourself, too.
Where the Assistant does come in handy, though, is in chats with other people. You can easily pull in a Google search for a restaurant when you are looking to go out as a group, for example, or want to give directions to somebody. And in its use of smart replies — that is, the canned responses from Google Inbox — is also very interesting. These work really well. When you are chatting with the Assistant, this feature will often pull up useful follow-up questions, but even as you are just chatting with a friend, it’ll regularly pull up just the right response. the response you would’ve typed is there already and you can save yourself a few taps (which is especially useful when you are on the go). Smart Replies even works for photos, so when your friends send you pictures of babies, you can save yourself from typing the obligatory “oh, s/he’s so cute!”Nothing better than starting my day with Google Assistant. It's high time Jarvis got a beefy update. #googleallo #messaging #allo #googleassistant