Comparison Between Allo vs iMessage

Informing applications resemble fine wine – they show signs of improvement with age. Or, then again, in any event on account of the two we’re taking a gander at here – Google Allo and iMessage – that is by all accounts the case. Analogies aside, with the dispatch of Google Allo before the end of last year, and with the latest updates to iMessage in iOS 10, it’s hard not to draw clear shared characteristics and stark contrasts between the two and ponder which one is really the prevalent application.

Yes, I know, this is Android Authority, and you don’t come here to peruse about Apple, yet in the event that Google has any expectation of picking up piece of the overall industry in the realm of intuitive, rich informing, they may have some things to gain from Apple’s long-standing application. In this way, how about we investigate: Google Allo versus iMessage.

Applications Interface

We should begin by investigating the general outline, convenience and ease of the applications. Regardless of what abilities your application offers, I’m not slanted to utilize it unless it’s simple on the eyes, simple to make sense of, and essentially a delight to utilize. Luckily, Google Allo and Apple’s iMessage both scratch off those containers, yet we should investigate some a greater amount of the specifics.


In the event that you’ve utilized any of Google’s different applications like Hangouts or Inbox, you won’t discover any shocks in Allo. You have the standard ground sirloin sandwich menu where you’ll discover your application and profile settings, and a skimming activity catch to begin another discussion. Within discussions, you’ll locate an extremely Nougat-esque plan dialect, with the pill-formed content bar that is somewhat less cruel than the hard corners you’ll discover in something like Google’s SMS application, Messenger. For a little included energy, you can switch up the topic of your discussions for more fun foundation plans and message bubble hues. It’s a little component, however goes far towards making the application more amusing to utilize.


Given that iMessage has been around for so long now, there’s a decent shot you’ll recognize what’s in store when opening the application. Discussing smoothness, there is no contending that Apple goes well beyond to make a uniform ordeal within their “stock” applications, and iMessage is the same. The splendor of the iMessage application originates from its level of clean wherever you look. Each activity, each menu, each catch – you can tell that no detail was left unexplored to guarantee that you get the most ideal experience. The iMessage application typifies what clients have generally expected of Apple, a solid, well-thought, secured involvement.


Backup and Privacy

Privacy isn’t something we consider all the time with regards to messaging forward and backward with companions, however truly, any data that falls in the wrong hands can spell awful news. Things being what they are, what do iMessage and Allo offer in the method for protection? What’s more, what are your reinforcement choices in the event that you ever to need to reestablish your messages at a later time?


Do you recall all that whine about Google Allo uncertainly putting away your messages to enhance the application? Indeed, even Edward Snowden joined the discussion. Well no doubt, that is a thing. Messages you send with Google are shielded from online predators by being mixed from the time you send them to the time they achieve Google’s servers, and again from the servers to the beneficiary, however Google keeps ordinary messages sent from Allo for their extraordinary utilize. Doing as such permits Google’s informing application to make those convenient fast answer proposals, and in addition control Google Assistant.

Be that as it may, in the event that you are worried about your protection, you can utilize Allo’s Incognito Chat to guarantee your messages are encoded end-to-end, so just you and the beneficiary can read the message. Undercover Chat additionally has a really cool self-destruct highlight (called “termination” in the application) that gives you the capacity to have your messages vanish from your gadget, and the recipient’s, in a set measure of time. The measure of time can go somewhere in the range of 5 seconds to 1 week.

Moving down messages in Allo is something that unquestionably needs some work most definitely. Numerous clients (counting myself) have griped that when changing to another gadget, you lose all of your past messages, even in the wake of connecting a similar Google record and telephone number.

Given that Google is putting away your discussions for different reasons, you’d think they would in any event let you match up your message between various gadgets, yet sadly that is impossible.


iMessage doesn’t have any genuine protection settings, yet that is on account of Apple swears by its implicit security. Discussions in iMessage are encoded end-to-end, and Apple says they will never store or sweep messages for their own particular utilize – averting them, or any other individual, from consistently attacking your security.

As you’ve likely found out about amid late occasions, Apple doesn’t make any “secondary passages” with their items since that “undermines the securities” they’ve put in. The main two genuine security alternatives you have with iMessage is the capacity to pick to what extent your messages are put away; everlastingly, a year or 30 days, and, how you might want your message reviews to be shown on the gadget.

With regards to moving down your messages, there’s very little to stress over. There is a ton to whine about when discussing iCloud, yet you can depend on your iMessage discussions being moved down and available in numerous ways. On the off chance that you get another iPhone, iPad or Mac, you’ll quickly locate your past discussions right where you cleared out them. As a feature of their protection guarantee, in any case, you can select to not have your messages put away at all if having them later is something you aren’t worried about.


Major Complaints


Oh, where to start. Don’t get me wrong, I like Allo. I really like it, but it has a long way to go before it will be what most people want it to be. To start, there is no SMS support. This is likely the biggest complaint among all users, because without true SMS support, Allo can’t replace your other messaging applications. Sure, you can send SMS messages to people who aren’t Allo users, but there’s a catch.

Instead of your message coming from you, the person you’re texting will get a message from a random 5-digit number. They’ll only know it’s you by seeing your name, followed by a colon, at the beginning of each message. On top of that, any Assistant-enabled functions you use in that conversation will come through as a vomit of links and special characters. I can promise this will come across as annoying to the recipient.

Allo also has no desktop client. So for those of us who sit in front of a computer for the majority of the day, this is a huge disappointment. Sure, you could use Hangouts, but what’s the point in using two different messaging apps when you could just use one? With iMessage, your messages are synced across your other devices, including macOS. So that might satisfy your need for a desktop client.

In my opinion, Allo is sort of facing an identity crisis, and Google is struggling to figure out where it fits in. Their long-running chat application, Hangouts, has a huge user-base given that it is built in to GMail, and the Android application has 1 BILLION+ installs (granted it comes pre-installed on many devices.)

Hangouts can be used as a default SMS application, but you also have Google Messenger which is a dedicated SMS app with 50,000,000+ installs. So, Google already has a dedicated chat app, and a dedicated SMS app, so that begs the question – why introduce something brand new instead of improving on what you already have? For me, I was expecting a full-fledged text messaging app that could replace what I currently use. But, what I got was a glorified chat app with some really cool baked-in goodies (i.e. Google Assistant).


I’m honestly having a hard time finding things to complain about for iMessage. For the most part, it’s a pretty polished app. But, like I said, no app is perfect. As an Android user and long-time fan, one of the reasons I don’t use an iPhone is because of the lack of customization. iMessage mimics that experience for me. There is no option to customize your conversations between different contacts with various colors, and you can’t change the background of your conversations, other than using screen effects mentioned earlier.

My other complaint with iMessage is the slight learning curve when trying to grow accustomed to the many features available. For instance, to access the text enhancement features – Slam, Whisper, Invisible Ink, etc – you have to force touch the send button. But to access the stickers, GIFs, and other apps, you look in the iMessage App Store menu. To send heartbeats, kiss effects, etc. – that’s another menu. And finally, if you want to send a handwritten message, you have to flip the phone horizontally to reveal the sketchpad.

Bottom line – there are just too many features in too many places. Until you’ve had considerable amount of time to play around, you might find yourself hunting for a certain feature.

Lastly, I mentioned how iMessage syncs across all of your Apple devices, but what if you don’t have a Mac? In this case, you’ll have no means of using iMessage from your computer. This is especially frustrating considering that almost all other iCloud applications are available to access and use at, including Notes, Reminders, Photos, Calendar, and more. So why, Apple? Why haven’t you made iMessage accessible with an online interface?\


So, how do we wrap this all up? Well, I’m not going to call a clear winner here because I like both apps for different reasons. Sure, if we’re talking sheer volume of features, and level of polish, iMessage takes the cake, but the truth is, I have just as much fun using Allo as I do iMessage. And for me, that’s really what it’s about.

For Google Allo, I think the problem lies in how it was launched, how it was positioned at launch, and what users thought they were going to get, but didn’t.

For Allo to pick up any steam, and gain more market share among the other messaging apps, Google needs to make this clear to consumers. Google Assistant is an excellent selling feature, but without being able to text other people not using the app, why would users adopt this vs. Google Messenger? And, with no desktop interface, why would anyone adopt Allo instead of Hangouts?

As for iMessage, it clearly has its place in Apple’s ecosystem. You have it on your phone, you have it on your iPad, you have it on your Mac. Your messages sync across devices, are backed up for when you get a new device, and there are ton of cool features to make sure you’re always having fun. But, iMessage is missing that one BIG THING to really sell it. Maybe if Apple could improve Siri (on a couple of different levels) and integrate it into iMessage, similar to that of Google Assistant in Allo, there would be more of draw to the application. Fortunately for Apple, they have a leg up with the app being installed on every device. No need for them to worry about consumers having to beg their friends to jump on the bandwagon. They’re already there.

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