Google Allo for PC: Limited to the Chrome browser
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Google’s mobile messenger Allo is now available on PC. This means Allo users can read/send messages or chat with the Google Assistant on a bigger screen. And you don’t have to install a desktop app on the PC. It can be accessed on the Chrome browser.
The PC version of Allo offers most of the key features which made the Allo app popular in the first place such as artificial intelligence (AI)-backed personal assistant, which uses machine learning to understand the context and content in an ongoing chat or query so it can give smart suggestions and more accurate replies to users.
However, using Allo on PC is a bit complex than we thought. So unlike a Gmail app which can be accessed by simply typing the username and password, Allo for web is still linked to the smartphone app. This means you need the Allo app on your smartphone and should be registered on it to use the PC version.
To access it, go to Chrome browser and type Allo for Web in the url or search bar. It will only work in Chrome browsers as of now. We tried to open it in other browsers and were asked to switch to Chrome. During your first visit, the home page will show a unique QR code and ask the user to scan it with the Allo app on the smartphone in Menu->Allo for web->scan QR code. This is also how WhatsApp Web works. The option to scan is currently available only for Android users, but is expected to be rolled out on the iOS app soon.
Once the pairing with mobile app is accomplished, you can access all your chats, groups, Google Assistant in Allo app on your PC too. There are still many things that you can’t do on the PC version such as adding or removing members in groups, deleting a conversation, blocking a contact, starting a chat with someone who is not in your contact list, and taking backup of your data.
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