As the months have passed since Google’s Allo messenger was released, I’ve become increasingly interested in using it daily.
For me, the main thing standing in the way of becoming a daily Allo user (and requesting that others I chat with do the same) has been the lack of a desktop solution.
I’d contend 70% of my Hangouts interaction happens on my Chromebook. Be it work-related or just personal chats, I like having my chat window open and ready to exchange info during the day. Typing on a real keyboard is faster and much more convenient than getting my phone out and punching in a reply with the virtual keyboard.
I know tons of people are clamoring for SMS support, but for me, I don’t really want or use IM clients for text. I avoid SMS whenever possible and only send/receive a handful in a given week. YMMV.
Not having a desktop option, though, has been the one thing keeping me in the ever-aging Hangouts environment. I’ve watched Allo get more and more features and my envy has become as green as the Hangouts logo itself.
I’ve even started using Allo here and there with a handful of folks, but the utility of Hangouts on my desktop keeps pulling me back.
We’re Getting So Close Now
According to a report from 9to5 Google, the latest APK of Allo has a ton of stuff pointing to the imminent launch of Allo for Web. They’ve done a great job at outlining all the specifics, so check that out if you want some deep-dive details.
What I can tell you from this, however, is Allo will use a WhatsApp scanning function to pair your account with the Allo Web client. The icons are in place, the scanning function is ready and it looks like all the pieces are finally in place for this launch to happen just about whenever.
Basically, in the app you’ll be directed to visit allo.google.com/web and scan the QR code with your phone and Allo app. Once done, you’ll have your account paired and ready to work on your desktop. I could see an extension for Chrome being the easiest way for this to become more of a stand-alone app for any desktop environment, but no one is sure on any of that just yet.
Also of interest is the idea of running the Allo Android app on a Chromebook. Will that be doable at some point or will they recommend using a website or extension instead?
Frankly, I don’t care at this point. I’m ready to move my personal and more simple work conversations to Allo and begin enjoying all the little perks that come from using Google’s latest messenger.
Will this move get you on board with Allo? Let us know in the comments!