Earlier today the search engine giant launched the web-based version of its Assistant-powered messenger, which you can now access straight from your browser using this link. To load the desktop version, users will have to open Allo on their phone and scan the QR code displayed on the web page.
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The web-based version so far works solely with Android devices, but Google promises it will soon be compatible with the iPhone too. The company further notes that the app works only on Chrome – which will likely vex non-Chrome users.
The Big G also warns that should you choose to “view Allo for web on your mobile browser, the app won’t work.”
It also clarified that certain Allo features will remain mobile-exclusive. The list so far includes:
- Connecting, switching, or removing Google accounts
- Adding or removing members from an existing group
- Backing up your information
- Notification and privacy settings
- Some chat features, like taking a photo, deleting a conversation, blocking contacts, or starting a chat with someone who’s not in your contacts
While Google first announced that Allo would eventually land on desktop back in February, it ultimately abstained from setting a release date in stone.
But here is the thing now that it’s finally out: With so many Google-made messaging apps, including Hangouts, Voice, Duo and recently added YouTube chat, do people really care about Allo? I’m not so sure… all I know is that the only contact I have on Allo is Assistant.