New Google app will make FB jealous

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NEW YORK. KAZINFORM - There's another new messaging app out today, but this one's worth a download, CNN reports.

While Facebook has been working to integrate bots with Messenger, Google went ahead and built a messaging app around the most useful bot there is: Google search.

Allo, which was announced in May but is now available for download, marries Google search with many of the fun features people have grown accustomed to using in other apps.

There's group chatting, stickers and the option to let messages expire. The big thing that's missing is the ability to make video and audio calls, which was intentional.

For those functions, Google wants users to get on Duo, its dedicated video calling app launched in August.

Both are free, available for Android and iOS, and designed to simplify mobile messaging. Google says they're "companion apps."

Google is calling Allo a "smart messaging app" because it learns from your conversations and suggests things for you to say.

The suggested responses pop up in text bubbles you can send by tapping. The recommendations are sufficient for the most part and can save users time, but are very basic and can feel a little impersonal.

During a recent test chat, Allo suggested "Very good!" to a message that read "How are you?" The app also thought we might say "Haha," "Nice," or "Yeah," after we received a message that said "Interesting." And when we got a picture message of a happy child, Allo suggested saying "Love that smile."

Over time, Allo will learn if you prefer to say "haha" or "lol," so the more you use the predictive feature, the better it will get at mimicking your speech style.

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