Google Allo has been around for less than a year, but the app has some good stats to show off.
After just five days following its launch, Allo had already clocked an impressive 5 million downloads in the Google Play Store. Towards the end of the year, the app has managed another 5 million downloads, making it a total of 10 million. As at the time of this writing, the app has been downloaded between 10 million and 50 million times, which is significant figure so to say.
The fact that Google Allo has seen such a significant number of downloads means that there are people who actually enjoy using the app. But as it appears, some of those using the app on devices installed with Android O developer preview 4 are not having the best of times with the latest version.
Apparently, Google Allo is leading the consumption of battery power with a figure of 27%, which is just unusual for an app you don’t use regularly. It’s normal for the display screen to record such a huge figure, but for a messaging app that is less popular than WhatsApp or even Facebook Messenger, consuming such amounts of battery power means there’s a problem.
As it is, the app’s increased battery consumption is because it constantly runs in the background, even when not in active use. Limiting the activity of Google Allo doesn’t really help, instead, it makes the experience even worse due to the delayed notifications.
Google has not come up with any response to this issue, probably because it’s not widespread. However, there should be little to worry about given that this is just one of the many issues you can expect to meet when using a developer preview version of the OS. The stable version should come out next week and hopefully, all will be well with Google Allo.