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The AI Behind Google's New Messaging App

  • Forbes, Friday, September 23, 2016 10:35 AM

Allo, Google AI-enhanced answer to ‘smart messaging’ on mobile, is here. Designed to keep users from straying outside the app to search for things on the internet, Allo is the first Google product to feature its AI “assistant.” Suggestions from the assistant are meant to be conversational, and can be plugged into existing conversations or had between you and Google alone. Google is expected the start rolling out the assistant to other products this fall, starting with Google Home, as part of the company’s ongoing push toward AI. Allo comes on the heels of Duo, Google’s video calling app, which has been downloaded 10 million times since it was released last month. Taken together, the two represent Google’s attempt to grab some of the direct messaging market while integrating machine learning across its suite of consumer-oriented products. “We don’t see messaging as a solved problem,” said Nick Fox, Google’s vice president of communications products. Fox said Allo is about “getting things done right in your chat. We think the enabler here is AI.”

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