The Moto G5 Plus home screen shows just how weird Google's chat strategy is right now
Check out the home screen for a new Moto G5 Plus and you'll find the usual Google Apps folder full of
bloatware useful Google-made apps, and on the other side of the Moto app you'll find an icon for Google Duo. We know that Google exercises quite a bit of control over how an Android phone with the Google Play Services onboard needs to look, with some special emphasis on the home screen.
It's not unusual for Google to want to show off new apps, so it's not too odd to see Duo on the home page instead of in the Google folder, but Duo is alone on the home screen. There's no Allo to be found. In fact, it's not even installed on the phone.
Google's messaging strategy for the future should be super clear by now. Allo and Duo, the chat and video messaging service unveiled at Google I/O last year, are the default apps for consumers. Hangouts Meet and Hangouts Chat, the re-branded counterparts every Android user has seen for the last couple of years, is for businesses or large groups. There's no law saying you must use one or the other if you prefer, but the dividing lines have become fairly clear and Google seems committed to building Allo and Duo up to offer something unique and useful to users.
So why is it the new budget-friendly and surprisingly capable Moto G5 Plus, complete with Android 7.0, doesn't reflect that strategy when you boot the phone for the first time?
Seriously, I don't know. You tell me.
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(that eventually added VoIP, giving the ability to make internet calls & sms thru partnerships with landline companies). So you get a free # that you can forward to any cell/landline phone. IT has all sorts of voicemail & phone management features, like call recording, call blocking, etc. And can make free internet VoIP calls.
Just look at what Android can be installed on, apps to chrome, ios syncing with & handing off to PC, Auto versions of both. Watch versions of both. Home automation, integration of AI, and VR. New api's, new run times, new app integration.
And way more
later they could have got the duo in to android messages as a separate icon on the chat or on contact which kicks of duo video call. now when rcs comes in it now becomes hybrid of sms/rcs/allo/duo
let hangout and google voice stay as it is now
Duo = video chat
Messenger = sms
GV = sms, calls, voice mail
Hangouts = sms, calls, voice mail, video chat Did I miss any?
Allo = chat
Duo = video chat
Android Messages = sms with RCS
GV = sms, calls, v-mail - still integrated with Hangouts
Hangouts = sms, calls, v-mail, v-chat
The best thing about unlocked Moto phones is the ability to root and then do whatever you want with the bloatware.... I mean useful Google-made apps.