In the world of Instant Messaging Apps, everyone is trying to reach to the market’s top. The release of Android Nougat has confirmed that Google has been developing its third chat standard in four years, which will leave the future of Hangouts somewhat nebulous. The whole Android world is quite excited about this app. It is going to be several months before the app is released for public, in all its Assistant-infused glory. However, there are already APK’s leaking out for the Allo app and Duo app on the internet. Make a note that, most of the sites which are offering these apps are providing malicious content, so before you download these APK’s make sure the website is trusted and genuine enough. Few users were able to grab these apps off the Play Store despite them being in pre-registered mode.
Don’t get too excited about this: though they are signed by Google and genuine, neither app is working for regular Android users at the moment. Some users are struggling with nothing but crashes, some are getting messages like the one below, and others have the option to send a verification code that never comes.
But that was not enough for one of the XDA Developers members, who goes by the name of Quinny899 and Kieron Quinn on YouTube. He decompiled the Allo app and took a look at its structure and the files inside. Without a verified connection with the Google’s servers, he could only see the offline portions of the app along with a few dummy conversations. Although, it is still interesting enough if you are desperate for more info on Google’s grand and determined plans for the next chat platform.
But you do not have to take his word for it. Quinn has also created a custom module for the Xposed Framework, a tool that allows in-depth customization for root-level Android users. If you would like to take a similar look at Allo’s file, you will need to use Xposed module and Titanium Backup to alter the Allo files on a compatible device. The instructions for the same are given out in Quinn’s XDA post, and Quinn says he will have a try at Duo next. Be aware that all of this may stop working the moment that Google sees a cluster of users poking around. Be aware that both the module and the Titanium backup file are unverified and uncertain about the compatibility with a device. Please proceed further at your own risk.