Google Allo has a web client which only pairs with Android phones for now

Google Allo, the messaging app that was announced at Google I/O 2016 along side the video calling app called Duo, now has a web client as well. Although it has come late to the market, and seemed like the most obvious thing, Google has finally given the go ahead for the web client.

Google Allo for Web. Image: Google

Google Allo for Web. Image: Google

But the catch is that it will only work if you have an Android phone, for now. Just like the WhatsApp web client, the Allo web client has to pair with the Allo app on your Android phone for it to work. This can be done by scanning a QR code, which is similar to what you do with WhatsApp web client as well.

The instructions are simple. You need to open the Allo app on your Android phone, go to menu and select 'Allo for Web' followed by scanning the QR code on your desktop with your phone.

Another condition is that Allo for web only works with the Chrome browser.

Also if your phone is out of battery, Allo for web will also stop working.

"The QR code is unique to your computer and pairs the mobile app to the computer. Allo for web shows what's on the mobile app. So if your phone runs out of battery or you quit the mobile app, Allo for web won't work," says the support page.

Allo is similar to Google Hangouts in a way that it lets you chat with your family and friends. But Allo comes with a whole list of stickers, smart replies as well as Google Assistant integration which differentiates it from Hangouts.

According to TechCrunch, India accounts for around 38 percent of the 21 million Allo downloads followed by the US which has 17 percent of the share.

Published Date: Aug 16, 2017 09:37 AM | Updated Date: Aug 16, 2017 09:38 AM