Google Allo for iOS Download Now Available in Canada

Google Allo for iOS launched yesterday in the U.S. App Store only, but it’s now available for download in Canada.

Introducing Google Allo, a smart messaging app that helps you say more and do more. Express yourself better with stickers, Smart Reply, and HUGE emojis & text. Allo brings you the Google Assistant.

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Google Allo is dubbed as a smart messaging app but for those worried about privacy, beware Google has backtracked on their policy of keeping chats by default Incognito, but rather they will be accessible on servers available to the company’s algorithms. The app is not Edward Snowden approved, if you’re wondering.

Once you install Google Allo, your cellphone number is required to register (similar to WhatsApp). Google will send you a verification code via text to confirm your registration. Next, you’ll be asked to take a selfie (if you wish) and also come up with your name.

Allo will ask for your location (while you’re using the app) to give you “better answers” if you allow it access.

To ask Allo’s Google Assistant something, you just type your request or to tap and hold on the mic icon on the right. Your recording will be processed by Allo and it will give you answers, plus other one-tap options to get even more info. The Google Assistant even interprets your requests if you use spelling errors.

The assistant can also send you reminders for appointments as well, if you’re into that.

You can get Allo to send you messages daily for weather, news, and more. So far after using the app for a brief time, it really does showcase the power of Google and all the information it collects from its users.

Google Allo was announced earlier this year at the company’s I/O conference, where they also debuted their video calling app, Duo, which hit the App Store in August.

Click here to download Allo for iOS in the App Store. It’s also available in Google Play for Android users. Let us know how you like it (and have fun bugging friends to install it).

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  • It’s Me

    Great. More spyware.

  • Riddlemethis

    We have enough messaging apps. Watch Google kill hangouts in favour it Allo.

  • Allo’s auto responses are way better than imessage.

    Give data to #allthegoogles

  • It’s Me

    For AI today, Big Data is much higher priority than better algorithm. Everything google does is about data collection. First and primarily for data mining but also for AI training. Those were the twin goals for almost every google initiative over the years, sometimes subtle, sometimes not.

    Google voice was marketed as a hip, cool way to stick it to traditional telephony co’s. But it’s goal was data. Tracking who calls who and therefore relationship mapping, but the most important part for them was the most boring. Voice mail. Millions upon millions of message left in normal, conversational cadence to analyze. Android was similarly about maintaining access to data and to present ads, but it opened massive new avenues for data collection about every facet of a person’s life. Hangouts, duo, Photos, Picassa, allo, etc, etc. All vectors for data collection.

    We used to call that spyware. Now it’s hip.

  • swotam

    Agreed. I don’t trust Google with my data which is why I refuse to use a lot of their services. I don’t want them knowing as much (or perhaps more) about my day to day activities as I do.

    I can’t believe how willing some people are to just throw tons of personal information at Google just because they offer something “free”. People need to realize that it’s not free, you’re paying for these services by handing over tons of personal information to Google.

    That’s one reason why I dislike Android. You’re basically walking around with a Google data collection unit in your pocket. Allo is just another way for them to obtain yet more data that they will store and datamine forever. No thanks.

  • swotam

    Hangouts is still a thing? Wasn’t it rolled into Google+, otherwise known as the place where Google projects go to die?

  • Riddlemethis

    lol. the only good thing about hangouts is it gives one free calling to landlines in north america, otherwise it wouldn’t be on any of my devices