A couple of months ago during Google I/O, the company announced a new messaging app called Allo. Unlike other messaging apps, Allo is supposed to be “smarter” as it comes with Google Assistant built into it, thus allowing users to chat with the assistant to help them do all kinds of tasks, like booking restaurants, finding directions, and more.
It really does sound like a rather inclusive messaging app, which is why it doesn’t come as a surprise to learn that Allo could end up being a default app on Android 7.0 Nougat. This is according to a post on Reddit in which user LTNGNX claims that the app will be a default app on the latest build of Android, and that it will eventually replace the current messenger app.
The post also claims that Allo will eventually end up supporting SMS and Google Voice as well, which makes sense if it wants to replace the messenger app. There are also apparently plans to expand Allo’s availability to the web and other devices, but there is no ETA on that. The post also states that Hangouts will be phased out slowly, but it will still be kept around as businesses still rely on it.
The last bit is rather interesting as following the launch of Allo, Google reassured users that Hangouts wasn’t going anywhere, which we guess might be true although exactly how prominent the service is could be a different story. In any case take it with a grain of salt for now, but we guess we’ll have to wait for the final release of Android 7.0 Nougat to find out.