ASK JEEVES rival Google has launched its controversial Allo AI-enabled messenger app in the UK.
The app was announced at Google I/O earlier this year and is designed to take on the concept of the chat app by intelligently adding value to the conversation, for example by offering to book cinema tickets when a discussion about a film takes place.
Basically, creepy as hell.
The app is a partner to Google Duo, the recently launched video calling app announced at the same time. Neither app is meant to replace the existing Google Hangouts, which will be refocused for business/office users, an area of increasing importance for the mega corp.
Google said in a blog post: “Whether it’s planning a night out or just catching up, we all rely on messaging to stay in touch with friends and loved ones. But too often we have to hit pause on our conversations, whether it’s to check the status of a flight or look up that new restaurant.
“So we created a messaging app that helps you keep your conversation going by providing assistance when you need it.”
Google Allo is the first realisation of Google Assistant, the upgraded version of the Google Now personal assistant, designed with increased capabilities and further AI. Some reports have even suggested that it will be given a back story to allow it to 'feel' more human.
Also included is a predictive quick reply feature, similar to that already in Inbox, plus sticker packs, choices of font style and size and an incognito mode.
However, you may want to hold off on downloading Allo if you're a fan of privacy. Edward Snowden has warned against using it, slamming the app as nothing more than a honeypot for US surveillance efforts.
This isn't the first time he's spoken out about the app. He attacked Google earlier this year for its decision not to disable end-to-end encryption. µ
'Some of us like the misery'
That'll surely affect its credit score