Google Allo now works seamlessly with Android Auto
Go ahead — keep chuckling. Google's Allo messaging service may not be the messaging savior we were all hoping to come to Android, but it's currently serving its purpose in my life. I'm happy to see that it's now compatible with Android Auto.
Previously, when you'd receive an Allo message while in the Android Auto app, the notification would disappear behind the main interface so as to remove any desire you might have to check it while driving. You couldn't bring it up with a voice command, either, nor could you reply or compose an Allo message if you needed to while on the freeway. A recent Allo (opens in new tab) update, as pointed out by Phandroid's Derek Ross, seemed to have finally added the hands-free functionality.
Sweet! Allo for Android Auto! pic.twitter.com/eUTGqLWfwySweet! Allo for Android Auto! pic.twitter.com/eUTGqLWfwy— Derek Ross (@derekmross) March 8, 2017March 8, 2017
The new Allo update also includes the ability to animate some emoji by sliding up on the send button, as well as various bug fixes.
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And yes, I tried really hard using it and then simply uninstalled it because it lacks basic features (not gonna list them again... Everyone knows what they are)
Hangouts - they killed it
Messenger - apart from it's not so intuitive to use as Allo, it's 100 MB in size. To be exact it's unpacked 144MB or version 108.
Allo unpacked size is just 44. Super fast and intuitive. They definitely made better job than competitors. If you are not bound to your friends using something else that's the best option.