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Google revealed two major apps at this year’s I/O Developer conference, in the form of Duo and Allo.
Duo was released last month, being a video-calling service with support for low-bandwidth connections and call previews. But it’s arguably Google Allo that has more people excited. Now, serial leaker Evan Blass has claimed to reveal the release date.
Sources suggests that Google Allo will debut this week
Blass originally tweeted that the service was launching this week, before clarifying the date in a follow-up tweet.
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) September 19, 2016
Google Allo stands out from rival messaging platforms thanks to Google Assistant integration, Smart Reply functionality and chats in incognito mode.
However, the WhatsApp and iMessage rival also features the nifty Whisper Shout function, allowing users to dynamically adjust font sizes for each message.
The real question is whether people will use Google Allo in large numbers. Duo has recently passed the ten million installs mark, according to the Play Store, which makes for an impressive figure.
Then again, Android Authority reports that five million installs took place in the first week, suggesting a dramatic drop-off after the first few days.