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Google announces its new messaging app Allo at its I/O conference

Google also announced Allo, its new mobile messaging app at the conference. Allo is a smart messaging app that makes conversations easier and more expressive. It’s based on user’s phone number, so user can get in touch with anyone in your phonebook. Allo has smart features to keep your conversations flowing and help you get things done with its deeply integrated machine learning.

Google also announced Allo, its new mobile messaging app at the conference. Allo is a smart messaging app that makes conversations easier and more expressive. It’s based on user’s phone number, so user can get in touch with anyone in your phonebook. Allo has smart features to keep your conversations flowing and help you get things done with its deeply integrated machine learning.

One of the unique feature of Allo is Photo Reply, it uses machine learning to understand what a shared photo depicts and to suggest rich natural language replies that the user can tap to send. This makes it easier for users to sustain meaningful conversations while using small mobile keyboards. If your friend sends you a photo of tacos, for example, you may see Smart Reply suggestions like “yummy” or “I love tacos.”

Allo also has Smart Reply built in (similar to Inbox), so you can respond to messages without typing a single word. Smart Reply learns over time and will show suggestions that are in your style. For example, it will learn whether you’re more of a “haha” vs. “lol” kind of person. The more you use Allo the more “you” the suggestions will become.

Allo also features the Google assistant, bringing the richness of Google directly into your chats—helping you find information, get things done, and have fun. You can chat one-on-one with the assistant, or call on Google in a group chat with friends. Either way, you no longer have to jump between apps to do things like book a dinner reservation with friends, get up-to-date sports scores, settle a bet, or play a game. The assistant in Allo lets you bring things like Search, Maps, YouTube and Translate to all your conversations, so that you and your friends can use Google together.

The Google assistant in Allo understands your world, so you can ask for things like your agenda for the day, details of your flight and hotel, or photos from your last trip. And since it understands natural language patterns, you can just chat like yourself and it’ll understand what you’re saying. For example, “Is my flight delayed?” will return information about your flight status.

It’s a feature-rich interface with graphics and doodles, and it works with Google Assistant to make suggestions and schedule plans. Allo even has an option for users to send their messages using end-to-end encryption, a security feature that has become increasingly popular and is the default in other chat apps like WhatsApp and Viber.

Google uses image recognition technology, developed by our Machine Perception team, to associate images with semantic entities — people, animals, cars, etc. And then apply a machine learned model that maps those recognized entities to actual natural language responses. The system produces replies for thousands of entity types that are drawn from a taxonomy that is a subset of Google’s Knowledge Graph and may be at different granularity levels. It can suggest responses not just for physical objects but also for abstract concepts.

 

 

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