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How to download Google Allo right now

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The long-awaited ‘Allo’ messaging app from Google is launching today. Here's how to download it.

Google's messenger app, announced at Google I/O back in May, was originally pegged for release in summer 2016. But, today the company has finally started rolling out the app.

And while It seems the US already has the app, we at TrustedReviews were unable to download it from the Play Store at the time of writing.

But, what with the internet being the way it is, we've already got an APK download you can use to get the messaging app on your phone right now:

Allo APK via Google Drive

Allo APK via APKMirror

Allo is an instant messaging mobile app for both Android and iOS. It features several smart functions, most of which come courtesy of Google Assistant, a new virtual helper based on Google Now that offers similar functionality to Apple’s Siri or Microsoft’s Cortana.

The virtual assistant is able to set alarms, suggest restaurants, search your emails, and even play games. When in a conversation with another person, the assistant can be activated by typing @google, and can even be spoken to directly in a private chat between user and bot.

Other features include a ‘Smart reply’ function that uses Google’s machine learning technology to suggest several replies to messages that you receive. There’s also an incognito mode that features security features like private notifications, expiring chats, and end-to-end encryption. And then there’s ‘Whisper Shout’, which lets you increase or decrease the physical size of a message to represent volume.

One of the main differences between Allo and Google’s existing Hangouts messenger is that the former links to a user’s phone number, rather than their Google Account. That means it’s directly competing with messenger titans like WhatsApp, and Apple’s iMessage.

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