Allo — the messaging service with stickers that Google thinks can replace the hole left by the removal of ‘blob’ emoji — is now on version 14. For the moment, the most noticeable addition is a reaction feature on individual messages.
Thanks to features like Smart Reply, replying — even lazily — is remarkably easy in Allo. However, with message reaction the process is now even simpler. Rolling out with version 14, you will notice that individual messages now have a heart in the bottom left corner.
If there is more than one like, a small count will be displayed right next to it. Message reactions are particularly suited for larger group conversations when you don’t want to disturb everyone with a simple reply.
As the latest version of the app is still rolling out, it’s unclear whether you will receive a notification when one of your messages gets liked. Hopefully, Allo will be updated with a more varied array of reactions in the near future.