Allo Makes Your Replies Smart

When we think about text messaging, we instantly think emoticons, “lols” and abbreviations. The increasing dominance of Messaging Apps over SMS, Email as well as Social Networking Sites shows that we have entered into an era of smart messaging. SMS and Email is almost died among youngsters. Younger generations would rather text than call someone at any time of day and night (including me). And not only them, Employees in companies are heavily using instant messaging apps as well. Study also shows that the younger mobile users prefer messaging apps rather than social networking sites.

An another revolutionary service in this era is available now — Allo. It’s a smart messaging app launched by Google. It’s main competitor is WhatsApp.

WhatsApp began as a simple idea, ensuring that anyone could stay in touch with family and friends anywhere on the planet. As of now, WhatsApp is the world’s most popular messaging app with more than 1 billion users. That’s nearly one in seven people on Earth who use WhatsApp each month to stay in touch with their loved ones, their friends and their family.

Google is looking to differentiate Allo with Google Assistant, a chatbot that provides answers to your queries by drawing on the search giant’s machine learning smarts. The Google Assistant is basically a much smarter, more chatty version of Google. You can actually talk right to the Assistant in a private conversation, or summon it in the middle of a chat with friends by typing @google and asking it a question. If you have something you need to ask, just ask away. The Assistant chatbot will then send you the best result it can, and you can send it followup questions if you’d like. It also brings Google search directly into your conversations. Here’s an example

Google Assistant

One of the other standout features in Allo is Smart Reply. Throughout your conversations, no matter if you’re talking to the Assistant or to a friend, Google will suggest Smart Replies based on what it thinks you’re going to say next. When you’re chatting with your friends and family, Google Assistant offers a series of responses based on the context of the conversation. If you’re sharing a picture of your cat, for instance, your friends will see options to reply with “Cute!”, “Adorable!”, and so on. For images that contain food, you’ll see suggestions for nearby restaurants.

There are some other features also. You will get access to tons of sticker packs, a new Ink feature when sending photos, and even a cool Whisper/Shout option that lets you dictate the size of the text you’re sending. 

Every coin has two sides. Allo has also both pros and cons. The end-to-end encryption is disabled by default.

End-to-end encryption means encrypting communications in order to make information unavailable to third parties. So when two or more devices communicate via an app that features this level of encryption, the information will be transmitted using a secret code rather than insecure plain text. As a result, only the people communicating can read the messages and no other person. Not even Internet service providers, the app maker, the government or anyone else. A truly secure messaging app will feature end-to-end encryption as part of its features.

Google will be able to read all of your Allo messages. Google has applied latest technology so-called machine learning directly to your conversations. Google Assistant is a product based upon Artificial Intelligence, which reads all of your messages and offer suggested responses, in your own slang, that it thinks you would likely write yourself.

If you want end-to-end encryption via the Signal protocol, you need to switch to an “incognito mode” within the app, which will be secure but include fewer features. Allo’s machine learning features prevent Google from turning on end-to-end encryption for all messages, since Google needs to be able to ingest the content of messages for the machine learning to work .
Without end-to-end encryption, your conversations are right in the cross hairs of cyber criminals, government meddling and amoral marketers. This makes Allo unsafe to use. But the messages sent through the WhatsApp are secured with end-to-end encryption.

Security-wise, if cyber criminals were to breach WhatsApp today, they couldn’t decrypt your conversations. That’s due to the encryption and to the fact that WhatsApp doesn’t store your messages on its servers. WhatsApp’s servers can still see messages that users send through the service. They can’t see what’s inside the messages, but they can see who is sending a message to whom and when. And according to the WhatsApp privacy policy, the company reserves the right to record this information, otherwise known as message metadata, and give it to government.

And the battle between WhatsApp and Allo has begun.

Anyways, it’s time to say Hello to Allo.