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You can now pre-register for Google's new Allo + Duo messenger apps [update]

Update: The pre-register links are working again.

Allo, Google's new messenger app that brings in the intelligence of Google Assistant, was one of the highlights of today's Google I/O keynote. Together with Duo, the new video calling app, they represent the next step for Google's messaging efforts. And although they're not yet available, you can now sign up to receive a notification when they do lad.

"Pre-registration" pages for the apps have appeared on the Google Play Store following the keynote. Tap the button and Google explains how it all works:

"You're about to pre-register for Allo by Google. Pre-registering means that you will receive a notification on your device when the app is released. You can unregister by clicking the 'Unregister' button."

Allo and Duo are set to launch later this summer.

Source: Google Play (Allo) (opens in new tab) (Duo) (opens in new tab)

Alex was with Android Central for over a decade, producing written and video content for the site, and served as global Executive Editor from 2016 to 2022.

48 Comments
  • What happened to RCS? Wasn't Google supposed to be making an RCS app to replace SMS and MMS? That is what I was looking forward to. Instead we get Allo and Duo instead of updates to Hangouts or Google Messaging. When is RCS/Advanced Messaging going to be implemented? What is Google's Strategy? Have they already abandoned what they did last year?
  • That's what I came to ask... what happened to Jibe?
  • So now 4 different apps: Google Messenger (SMS), Hangouts (SMS, IM, and Video)...now Allo (messenger) & Duo (Video).
  • Don't forget about Google Voice either!
  • And Spaces. And YouTube messaging. Posted via the Android Central App
  • wait what? they have youtube messaging?
  • Yep. A few days ago they announced it actually #TeamFrosty Nexus 6P
  • Confusingly there's another app in the play store called Allo. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Huh? More messaging apps? O_o Posted via the Android Central App
  • I hate the word pre-register... register, that's the word you're looking for. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Irregardless... ;)
  • I could care less about this... no really, I could. Posted via the Android Central App
  • "That's another complaint of mine - too much use of this prefix "pre". It's all over the language now — "pre"-this, "pre"-that — you know what I tell these people? Pre-suck my genital situation!" Posted via the Android Central App
  • Will sms be allowed through allo? Posted via the Android Central App
  • Just got the, allo will no longer be supported, courtesy email Posted via the Android Central App
  • ?????? Posted via the Android Central App
  • Yeah. Thanks for signing up...but Allo has been discontinued so that Google can better streamline it's user experience. Please check out our new app...Gtalk.
  • U got it. Unlike the guy above Posted via the Android Central App
  • Oh dear, this is so confusing, corporate customers are worried. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Lad? I haven't been called lad in many moons. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I love Google Maps, YouTube and Chrome. Google Docs, Sheets and Slides are improving all the time. Why can't Google get something as simple as a messaging app right? Posted via the Android Central App
  • It's gone now. I registered for it but now I can't seem to find allo anymore. Posted from my Nexus 6.
  • They killed it already. Posted via the Android Central App
  • As George Carlin once said.. What the **** is preboard.. You get on before you get on.. There's no prescription bullshit.. You can't preboard. Preheat, pre register. Posted via the Android Central App
  • This is nuts. How many apps do we need to accomplish something Apple can do in one app. I'm old school, sticking with messenger. Text only, no emoji all the time. Posted from Nexus 6 running Android N
  • Well they couldn't even release the app properly, lot of confidence there /s Posted from my Nexus 6/Nexus 7 2013/Surface Pro 3
  • Yeah I'm dumbfounded. Hey, are you going to try N? I've had it since preview two. It was stable then. Even better now. Posted from Nexus 6 running Android N
  • Nah I'm staying on 6.0.1 for now Posted from my Nexus 6/Nexus 7 2013/Surface Pro 3
  • Oh man. So what the hell? Is hangouts even a thing anymore? I sure wish Google would decide on a messaging app, stick with it and develop it. All these different half-baked messaging apps are ridiculous. Look what Facebook (I can't stand Facebook and Zuckerburg) has done with its messaging app. Come on Google!!!!! Posted via the Android Central App
  • +1,000,000 Posted via the Android Central App
  • To be fair, Apple rammed their choice down people's throat in typical Apple fashion (makes adoption rate real high!)... Which wouldn't bother me one bit if they hadn't also broken group SMS and confused MMS capabilities for anyone not in their ecosystem. I'm freaking tired of dealing with group iMessage chats and iOS users thinking that texting me their photos is an ideal way of sharing them, all 20kb res of them. Google should've used people's phone # for login/identity with Hangout rather than the Google account (and the Plus stigma that went with it at the time). It's pretty ironic they're doing it now with Allo for an app with no SMS integration, but maybe it's coming eventually. I thought the eventual/optional implementation of SMS integration in Hangout was a pretty good approach, very user friendly, but maybe the fact that it's so optional helped in it's demise. Jobs did have a point, sometimes the mass market does like being told what to like and use. Leave it up to them and you get a moribund Talk/Voice/Hangouts zombie. :/
  • Does this seriously not replace an existing messaging app? Posted via the Android Central App
  • Stick with SMS...aint going anywhere and everyone has it.
  • +1 Posted via the Android Central App
  • Well now the links go to the apps but says not available in my country. I may be on vacation and traveling through the void of Wyoming, but I'm damn sure I'm in the US and I know it's coming here!
  • Dobie was the one who posted it and he's in UK. Strange though it may sound, I suppose it's possible they threw non-US a bone. Wait, I know... The Brits love nothing better than a good queue. ;)
  • Not available in your country!!! Posted via the Android Central App
  • I cannot register Posted via the Android Central App #6P Android/Google Forever!
  • Did you pre-wait?
  • Lol Posted via the Android Central App
  • So whats going to happen to Hangouts? Abandoned? #TeamFrosty Nexus 6P
  • The app pages display now and you can add both to your wishlist... register button is hidden. I was hoping I could see if my device is compatible, blank space, oh well...
  • Registered for both.
  • Lmao. I prefer registered for both yesterday. Now it's saying not available in my my country. I know some people claim thst Texas is its own country but damn! Posted via the Android Central App
  • I'm curious...
  • FYI it's back up and I just registered.
  • It's back up Posted via the Android Central App
  • This is exactly what frustrates me about Google, they mess up on clear opportunities. Allo isn't a iMessage contender, its not even a text message app, why would I use this over whatsapp, hangouts or telegram? Because of a shout feature, or a Google search? Telegram has tons of bots that already do that. Then we have duo which would have been cool, but facetime came out years ago, or if we didn't already have hangouts which has messaging and video chat integrated. These 2 would have made somewhat sense even if they were integrated. 2 more apps that take up space, now you have to have hangouts, messenger, duo, and allo just to do what Apple does with 1 app. Posted via the Android Central App