Google Allo vs. Duo vs. Hangouts – Do You Need All Three?

Google now has four apps in the mobile communications world, led by Hangouts and Messenger, and now there is Allo and Duo.

One would be asking why Google is actually pushing to have as many apps in the mobile industry, which is already full of many other similar apps. However, there is probably a good reason the search engine giant has decided to add Google Allo and Google Duo to the list. Apparently, there is talk of Google Hangouts switching focus to cater more for the enterprise world, something that leaves room for the two new apps – Allo and Duo. But what of those who have grown fond of the current Google apps on their Android and iOS devices? Does it mean you give up one Hangouts app in favor of two Allo and Duo apps or will you keep them all? Let’s take a quick look at how Google Allo, Google Duo, and Google Hangouts stack up against each other.

Google Hangouts

Given the huge popularity of Android devices and the fact that Google Hangouts comes preinstalled on quite a huge number of these devices, many people are already familiar with this app. Along the way, the app has evolved into one of the most powerful communications platforms, be it for personal or business reasons. Whether you want to use it for SMS, instant messaging, or even video calling – Google Hangouts has your back.

It gets even better with the app as it allows for continuity of conversations. This means that you can start a call on the mobile app and still switch to a PC or tablet without breaking the conversation. This application has also been integrated into Google’s productivity tools, among them Google Drive, Gmail, Google Docs, Google Sheets and so on, just like Microsoft does with Skype.

To use Google Hangouts, you need an email address so as to create an account. The person on the other end must also be using the same platform for this to work.

Google Allo

Google Allo was unveiled at the I/O 2016 event back in May. According to the search engine giant, Allo is a simple messaging app that takes advantage of the AI-based Google Assistant to offer users the best of messaging services. Like many other messaging apps out there, Google Allo is tied to your phone number, however, the use of machine learning means that the app will get better and more suited to your needs with more usage. It learns your traits and ways of chatting, making it easy for the app to come up with regular Smart Reply suggestions based on how you responded to similar messages in the past.

This app will also let users delete messages within a conversation, something that is not possible with Google Hangouts.

Google Duo

Another app that was also unveiled at the Google I/O 2016 is Duo. Unlike Allo, Google Duo is strictly meant for video calling services. The app is as simple as you can imagine, and it also ties itself to your phone number.

This app offers the best in one-to-one video calls and it also comes with the famous end-to-end encryption for better security. Apparently, Google Duo app should also work with minimal drops in poor network connections. Despite its simplicity, Duo manages to pack a very interesting feature in the name of Knock Knock. This is where you will be able to see the surroundings of the person calling you even before you answer the call.

So, which app should you turn to? This should depend on a number of things, but high on the list is what exactly you intend to use the app for. As noted earlier, business persons are better off with Google Hangouts. As for those interested in pure simplicity in the form of personal chats, Google Allo and Duo are a safe way to go. Google is expected to add voice calling services to Duo in the not-so-distant future.

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2 thoughts on “Google Allo vs. Duo vs. Hangouts – Do You Need All Three?”

  1. You forgot about Voice! I don’t know why it’s not more popular, I can text people back in the US from anywhere in the world as long as I have wi-fi. I can do it from a desktop/laptop browser, too, so I’m still in touch even when I don’t have cell service at my desk.

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