Beginning today, Google’s Allo can now be used on the Chrome web browser on your desktop, but you can only install it by scanning a QR code on your Android phone. iPhone users are left out for now.
Google first hinted at Allo coming to desktop soon back in February when VP of communications Nick Fox tweeted a sneak peek photo. Users were expecting it to launch sometime near Google I/O back in May, but didn’t receive a clear update on when it would be arriving.
Allo is Google’s smart messaging app with plenty of stickers, adjustable text sizes, and Gmail-style Smart Reply that lets you reply with a single tap. As the site explains, Allo “learns if you're more of a ‘haha’ or ‘lol’ person so the more you use Google Allo, the more ‘you’ the suggestions become.”
The app supports the Google Assistant, making this the first official time that the Google Assistant is coming to desktop. It can help suggest movies and restaurants inside the chat. Allo, just like Chrome, also has an incognito mode for chats, allowing you to set them to expire and have private notifications.
Updated at 9:00pm ET to reflect that “Allo for web” does not work on any web browser, but instead only Chrome. Which makes it more of a Chrome web app than a true web app. We apologize for any earlier confusion. And now, a brief definition of the web.