Google announced two messaging apps today: Allo and Duo. The first is a new messaging platform that emphasizes expression, security, and the inclusion of Google Assistant. The second app is a take on video messaging, focusing on one thing and one thing only: a reliable 1-to-1 video calling experience.
While Google said that both of these apps would be available sometime this summer, early internal builds have already leaked. Don’t get too excited, though — neither of them work…
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Interestingly both of the apps don’t actually have their own names when you install them — probably because they were installed on Googlers’ phones and they needed to be conspicuous. They also familiar icons, with the former using the Messenger icon and the latter using a generic video icon that can be found in Hangouts.
While some have said on Google+ and elsewhere that they were somewhat working when they first leaked earlier this afternoon, they’re now completely non-functional.
There’s not much to see, but check out our quick gallery of screenshots below. For now, they only allow you to open them and attempt to send a confirmation text with your phone number. They’re also very crash-prone. You can find the two apps on APKMirror: Allo and Duo. That said, I wouldn’t particularly recommend installing them. The images below is all there is to see.
If you want to read the official word on the two apps, check out our coverage of the apps. They were officially announced this morning during Google’s I/O 2016 keynote, and while they look impressive, it’s still to be seen how Google simplifies its messaging offerings. With these two included, the company has Messenger, Hangouts, Allo, Duo, YouTube Messages, and more.