After releasing Duo to the masses last month, Google is apparently prepping to launch its next big messaging app, Allo, this Wednesday, September 21st. That’s at least according to the famed leaker Evan Blass (@evleaks).

Allo was originally announced along with Duo at Google I/O 2016, leading most to believe the apps would launch at the same time. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case, and many are still eagerly anticipating the release of this new messaging app. At the time of the announcement, Google said that the release would come during the summer. With fall kicking off at the end of next week, that leaves only a few days until Google can meet that self-imposed deadline.

If you’ll recall, Allo is coming, not as a replacement to Hangouts, but as a new standalone messaging option with deep integration with Google Assistant among many other features. Those include sticker packs, voice messages, integrated GIF search, end-to-end encryption, incognito chats, and much more.

We will, of course, keep you updated when Allo has been released if this leak does turn out to be accurate…

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