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News August 16, 2017   |  by

Google Allo Chat App and Google Assistant Now Available on Desktop

Google Allo and Google Assistant are probably the closest things we have to Ironman’s J.A.R.V.I.S.

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Screenshot of the Google Allo interface
The Verge

Chrome users can now use Google Allo and its accompanying features on the desktop.

According to The Verge, the desktop service was launched August 15 and is currently accessible via Google Chrome.

Like WhatsApp, Google Allo allows users to send instant messages, images, and files to contacts on their phone. What sets Allo apart from the rest is its smart messaging system – a feature that generates automatic reply suggestions based on the user’s texting personality.

The service also features an Incognito mode which allows users to control how long messages can stick around before expiring and allows users to make their notifications private.

Google Assistant, a service best described as a ‘virtual personal assistant’ is also available on the app. Similar to Apple’s Siri, Google Assistant helps users to search the Internet, schedule tasks, and alarms. Lonely hearts can opt to chat and flirt with the virtual assistant, programmed to always reply.

To access Google Allo on desktop, follow these steps:

  1. Download the app from Google Play.
  2. Launch Google Allo on Chrome (click here).
  3. Using Google Allo on your phone, scan the QR code (image below).

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    Screenshot of the Google Allo QR code

Unfortunately, the desktop service is only available to Android users, but Google assures iOS users that iPhone support is coming soon.

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