Google Allo: Don't use it, says Edward Snowden

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Will the new Google messaging app"Allo, be a great threat to the FB messenger and WhatsApp? hawkHD Pixabay CC0
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23 September, 2016

I got more specific and asked "Where can I take my shoes to get them polished in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn?" and it did give me the Yelp results for a shoe place near me, which is also what came up when I typed "shoe clean clinton hill" into a Google search bar. With Google Home, the company will create an ever-present platform to assist users regardless of where they are. When the app was first announced in May, Snowden had tweeted, "Google's decision to disable end-to-end encryption was risky", and that people should avoid the app.

Google launched their Allo smartphone app recently and the messenger app which hopes to taken on the well established giants like Whatsapp, Hike, Snapchat and others. A wait which has meant that the anticipation and excitement surrounding the new messaging app had reached fever pitch by the time it arrived.

Some of the features of Google Allo include Smart Reply which can help people respond quicker even as they are on-the-go. Once you choose a photo, you can add your own touches thanks to a scribble feature. While this mode will keep your conversations as private as possible, you will also have some other limitations other than the Google Assistant and Smart Reply features. Now Google has gone back on this privacy promise, and says it will be storing all chats permanently in its servers. Google does offer an "incognito" messaging mode for end-to-end encrypted messages. Will people shift from WhatsApp to Allo? The first release looks like a messenger app because it is a common user interface (UI) that nearly all smartphone users know, and it is conversational. While the app comes with most of the features that were announced at Google I/O, to some, the app just doesn't offer enough. And having the suggestions appear in oval bubbles in the chat can make it seem as though a stranger has joined the chat (though you can shut out Google by enabling incognito mode).

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"One of the principles we've applied here is not to have lots and lots of clutter", explains Nick Fox, VP of Google's communications products, according to a ReCode report.

This u-turn by Google has irked the users. The NSA whistleblower has in the past questioned Telegram's security over claims the app was storing plaintext of every message sent or received. However, talking of Allo as a messenger app, in today's times, the only real messenger app which rules smartphones continues to be Whatsapp.

Allo is built with three of Google's technical domains of expertise: search, natural language processing and machine learning. It'd be great! Bombarding someone with "download this app" notifications is a glorious method of modern psychological warfare. Once you're done downloading the app, it's a straightforward process to register using your phone number. Google has called its Assistant just a preview.


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