Google Allo for web finally arrives, but only for Android users

Janie Parker
August 16, 2017

Here's what you need to know.

First, you must have Allo on an Android phone in order to use the service on the web. iPhone support is "coming soon", but it's not available now.

You can use all sorts of stuff such as emoji, stickers, and more. It has an Android Messages app for mobile as well, and it just broadly rolled out a new messaging platform within YouTube. With the option now in Allo it could be mere hours before Google flips the switch and makes it live.

Google Allo was released previous year and so far, it is struggling to replace Gchat and Hangouts, with the latter set to take the corporate way. But there's a caveat.

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Sadly, unlike WhatsApp Web, Google Allo doesn't work simultaneously on Web and Phone. You'll also need to pair the service with Google Chrome with a simple QR scan, and after that you'll be good to go. However, Google Allo didn't get the kind of response Google anticipated despite a lot of unique features such as Google Assistant integrated inside the chat messenger.

Because the web version merely mirrors what's on your mobile device, if your phone runs out of battery and dies, you'll no longer be able to use the Allo web app. They'll have to connect on Google Chrome, and they will need to download the latest version of Allo (16.0.024) before linking the account. Users were expecting it to launch sometime near Google I/O back in May, but didn't receive a clear update on when it would be arriving. "On August 15th, Google Allo's Head of Product, Amit Fulay tweeted", Allo for the web is here!

Criticism aside, the Allo web interface is a pleasure to use.

Scan the QR code displayed on the PC. By doing this, Allo opens a viewfinder on the device, asking you to navigate to the web on your computer. The only problem is that the web app seems like it'll be pointless most of the time.

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