Google is making a desktop client for its Allo messaging app, says Communications Products VP Nick Fox.
Fox shared an early screenshot of the product on Twitter, showing an interface very familiar to anyone who uses competitors like Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp Web.
Image: Nick Fox via Twitter
While it's undoubtedly a good development for AI-enhanced Allo, it should arguably have been ready at the app's release in September to allow it to immediately compete on an equal footing with existing competitors. Even Snowden-favourite Signal has a web client.
The web client isn't ready yet, and by the sound of Fox's tweet, won't be for a while. It might be too little, too late for Google's also-ran. It's not a popular app: analytics firm App Annie says Allo only just scraped into the top 200 downloaded apps on the Play Store last week, at 198th. In the same time period, WhatsApp was 11th, Facebook Messenger 1st – higher than Facebook itself – on Android.
Still, it's good news for the duo of people using Allo. [Reddit]