Google Allo and Duo

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by kkh786, Jan 11, 2017.

  1. kkh786 macrumors regular

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    Greetings all,

    Having moved from iOS to Android (loving it by the way).. I am on the lookout for an iMessage and Facetime substitute as I am still interested in the same seamless experience.

    The closest Android equivalents I have come across are the recently released Allo and Duo apps by Google themselves.

    Have you guys have had any experience with Allo/Duo or is there something else better I can try (Hangouts is a not an option due to the overall crappy experience).

    Does the Allo app compress pictures/videos when sent to a contact? I don't think iMessage compresses pictures.. not sure about videos.

    PS. I mostly need the iMessage/Facetime functionality with the better half (she has the iPhone 7).. so not bothered at all about adoption by anyone else from my contacts or on a wider scale.


    I look forward to your feedback.. and many thanks in anticipation! :)

    KKH
     
  2. Zaft macrumors 68040

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    For messaging Viber is pretty neat, and for video you can try out skype.
     
  3. widgeteer macrumors 65816

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    I'd go with whatsapp. Odds are most of your friends and family already have it. Allo is DOA. No one uses it, no one wants to. Duo is cool, and seems to work well for a Facetime-like equivalent.
     
  4. kkh786 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Agree with Duo. Initial impressions are good.

    Allo has been a surprise.
    I love the AI aspect of it. Wife and I were discussing a shopping mall for the weekend earlier and the AI pulled up the relevant information based on our conversation on the chat. Very convenient.
    Also apart from the lack of SMS capabilities I can't see much wrong with it. UI is nice and it has the niceties from iMessage like stickers ect.
    Will give it a good run before I make judgment.
     
  5. RandomKamikaze macrumors 6502a

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    Allo can do SMS. Google have implemented an SMS gateway to allow users that don't have Allo installed to receive it just as an SMS, but the experience is pretty rubbish.

    More info here: http://www.androidcentral.com/allo

    It has the potential to be much much better than iMessage, Google just need to not screw it up
     
  6. hallux macrumors 68020

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    I think the comment about SMS is that you can't use it as your SMS client, you still need another app to handle that.
     
  7. RandomKamikaze macrumors 6502a

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    Ah OK. That makes sense. I can't believe Google created to the effort of making this app and then won't allow you to use it as your default SMS app.
     
  8. Zaft macrumors 68040

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    There has yet to be an app like iMessage that combines SMS and data messaging seamlessly together.
     
  9. mattopotamus macrumors G5

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    That has probably been one of the weaker things with android stock apps, the SMS apps are always pretty terrible and they have multiple ones. google hangouts, stock messaging app, allo. I honestly thought allo could handle everything =/
     
  10. Stuntman06 macrumors 6502a

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    Biggest problem I have with Allo and Duo is finding people I know who also use them.
     
  11. Zaft macrumors 68040

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    Yup this is it exactly. That's where apple was smart in building in iMessage and FaceTime as defaults.
     
  12. coolio93 macrumors 6502

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    Actually the app called invi can do this. Only problem is that not too many people use it
     
  13. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    It sends and receives SMS through one's carrier somehow?
     
  14. coolio93 macrumors 6502

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    It is an SMS client that switches to instant messaging that works over wifi if the other user also has invi downloaded on their phone. If you send a message and either you or the other invi user is in a place where they don't get internet, then it switches back to sms. Seamlessly :)
     
  15. LIVEFRMNYC macrumors 603

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    My family and the people I'm close to. I installed Duo it on their phones and they forgot about it until I started video calling them with it. Now most of my inner circle uses it regularly amongst each other. And they have a mix of Android and iPhones. Duo works great.

    Both Allo and Duo needs to be pre-installed with Android O, and included in the initial setup. That way, anyone that has your number can access you using Allo and Duo. IMO, that's the ONLY way these two apps will succeed.
     
  16. Zaft macrumors 68040

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    Exactly, it needs to he installed already and the default. That's the best way.
     
  17. vikingjunior macrumors 65816

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    Allo and Duo are not very catchy names. The branding is horrible, the average person will never equate "Duo" as a video app or Allo as a messaging app.
     
  18. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    To be fair, while I sort of get the idea behind what you are saying, something like Skype wouldn't seem like much of a catchy name or even Google, yet those are more or less part of everyday lexicon these days and for some years now.
     
  19. Stuntman06 macrumors 6502a

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    Since these are not cross platform, you already eliminated everyone who does not use Apple products.
     
  20. Zaft macrumors 68040

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    Well in my case iOS is the vast majority.
     
  21. aerok macrumors 65816

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    I really find Allo useless, all my friends are on hangouts or iMessage. The worst part with Allo is not being able to use it on a PC/Mac
     
  22. GrumpyMom macrumors 601

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    When we are on our Android phones my husband and I use Duo for video calling and WhatsApp for texting. WhatsApp has worked well enough for us.

    I use Allo to chat with Google Assistant, which is quite good. But I didn't really care to text on it all that much with my husband. I forget why.

    He and I are back on iOS since Christmas. We are like a couple of kids bombing each other with stickers, gifs and emoji. Tim Cook must be so happy. :rolleyes:
     
  23. Zaft macrumors 68040

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    Why Google isn't pooling their resources together to make one unified chat app across multiple platforms is beyond me.

    At this point, one must believe this is intentional. They just have no interest in really making one chat app.
     

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