If you’re one of those impatient South African technophiles waiting for the rollout of the Google Allo messaging app, we’ll show you how to get it NOW…
What is Google Allo?
Google Allo is what Google calls a “smart messaging service”, and works similarly to Whatsapp in that it uses your cell phone number as the basis for your contact list.
Its main feature is a smart reply function that lets you use preset replies. And, like any modern app, its Artificial Intelligence learns as you use it, so that your messages are more “you”, imbued with your personality. Don’t freak out if your personality isn’t up to scratch – this app will do it for you.
Google Allo includes image recognition so if you receive a picture of a cat, the autogenerated replies will be relevant e.g. “nice cat” or “that’s a beautiful Siamese”.
So now you don’t even have to use your brain for responding to messages – there’s an app for that.
And yes, Google Allo has all the usual emoji bells and whistles so you can laughing-cry-face to your heart’s content.
How to get Google Allo in South Africa
Step 1: Enable installations from third party services
Your Android phone blocks third party app installations by default as a security measure. Go to settings and then to your privacy or security menu where you will be able to enable installations from third parties.
This will allow you to download Google Allo from unofficial sites.
Step 2: Download the Google Allo APK
Once downloaded to your Android device, tap the downloaded file to begin installation.
Step 3: Start using Google Allo
Once the app is installed you will need to follow the app instructions to send a confirmation SMS and set up your profile. It’s quite straightforward from here on.
Now you can start using the nifty Google Allo features that include:
- Smart response (using preset responses)
- Incognito conversations (allowing discreet notifications of new messages – and incognito messages are permanently deleted)
- Google Assistant support (where you can chat to a Google AI for support and if you’re very lonely I suppose)
Ready to start using Google Allo?
Let us know how it went – comment below with your thoughts on Google Allo and any tips for new users.