We live in the world of advancement and smartness. Everyone is surrounded by the gadgets and love to automate nearly everything, AI play an important role in automation.  AI needs the data and information of the user to serve best user experience. The more information we feed the more smooth it gets and the more the information you provide, the more you get vulnerable. Well, Google recently launched Google Allo; an AI based smarter messaging app.

Google Allo is bundled with amazing features which other messaging app is missing. Allo’s tempting features is and would attract users. But definitely there are reasons for not to use Google Allo, if you are concerned about privacy and security.

Why you should use Google Allo

As earlier I mentioned Allo is bundled with tempting features. So which are the outstanding features that everyone is going to love using it? Let’s explore the outstanding.


Google Assistant

Meet the preview edition of personal Google Assistant in Google Allo. This feature makes Allo apart from other messaging app. With Google Assistant, you no longer need to switch between apps to find share a contact, favorite song, moody or pick a cinema spot. Talk whenever you want with Google, ask questions and let Google answer. It is accurate up to some extent. You can easily bring Google Assistant by typing @google in group or one-one chat to serve everything you want.


Google Allo Personal Assistant

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Incognito Mode (end-to-end Encryption)

By default end-to-end encryption mode is not enabled in Google Allo. It is selective, weather you want to chat securely, end-to-end encrypted or not. When you chat in Incognito mode, your messages are end-to-end encrypted. After chat the messages will be automatically deleted as per the expiration period you set. Incognito mode keeps the chat encrypted, auto-expire with private notifications.


Google Allo Incognito

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In chat Text Formatting & other feature

Google Allo allows you to shout or whisper in your text messages. You can increase or decrease the font by long tap on send button and slide up or down to SHOUT or whisper in text. It also has wide range of attractive stickers and emoticons. You can also download your favorite stickers from the sticker packs. When sending pictures, Allo allows you to scribble on pictures before sending it. You can also share location with your friends easily.


Google Allo Text Formatting Emoji Stickers

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Automatic Reply

Google Allo smart reply feature makes a conversation far easy and quickly to respond. With Smart Reply, you can respond to messages with just a tap. You can respond to message with “yup” as a response to “Are you busy?” sent by your friend, by just a tap. It also suggests responses for the photos sent by your friends. This feature is really helpful for those who are quite busy to type a response or on the way for something busy.


Google Allo Smart Reply

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Send Free SMS

Google Allo allows you send message to recipient, even though they don’t have Allo installed. The SMS sent will not charge you or your end friend. Well, this is something that other messaging platform does not provide.

These are the few features that make the user agree to use Google Allo and enjoy its tempting features. But if you are concerned to privacy the Google Allo is not for you. Let’s see.


Why you should not use Google Allo

Right before I talked about the Google Assistant feature in Google Allo. So, how will it work as a personal assistant? Let’s say who can be the personal assistant? The one who knows everything about you and your activity, Right?

Here, to work Google Assistant as a personal assistant means feeding information to it, to work for us better. Here, information is in terms of your conversation, your responses, your activity, the way you interact and what not. Your privacy is lost and you are vulnerable. So, Google records all the non-incognito conversation.

According to Google, the change was made to improve Allo’s smart reply feature, which generates suggested responses to a given conversation. Like most machine learning systems, the smart replies work better with more data. As the Allo team tested those replies, they decided the performance boost from permanently stored messages was worth giving up privacy benefits of transient storage. according to The Verge

A Google spokesperson said in a statement:

“We’ve given users transparency and control over their data in Google Allo. And our approach is simple – your chat history is saved for you until you choose to delete it.”

“You can delete single messages or entire conversations in Allo. We also provide the option to chat in Incognito mode, where messages are end-to-end encrypted and you can set a timer to automatically delete messages for your device and the person you’re chatting with’s device at a set time.”

Summarized point for why you should not use Google Allo

  • End-to-end encryption is not implemented by default and is optional (selective)
  • Google Allo records everything, except in incognito-mode
  • Your privacy is compromised
  • Interprets your data and generate responses


If you are good at sharing your data and have enough trust on Google than enjoy these amazing features by downloading Google Allo for Android or iOS now. If you are concerned about privacy than it could be a pretty good decision to ditch Google Allo. Share your reviews in comments. Keep sharing. Stay tuned to Tech Tunes.


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