For Android users the messaging space is pretty crowded, especially with Google’s own trio of offerings with Messenger, Hangouts and Allo. With the release of Allo in September 2016 it was supposed to be the unifying messaging app for Android users, but users haven’t exactly been flocking to the Google Play store to download it.
As far as messaging apps go Allo has solid list of features, especially with the integration of Google Assistant which allows you to search for information, control your connected home devices and manage tasks all within the messaging app (aka Google’s version of Siri).
- Android Auto support: Enjoy hands-free messaging when you’re on the go.
- Animated emojis: Bring emojis to life. Just hold the send button and slide up to animate.
- Bug fixes: Performance improvements for a better chatting experience.
With this update it adds to the functionality by being able to receive and reply to messages from Allo while using Android Auto. While this may not be a ground breaking addition, it is a step in the right direction to making Allo the go to messaging app. It still has a ways to go to have all of the features that Apple’s iMessage has but it’s worth checking out, you can download it for free on Google Play.