A desktop version of Google Allo is now available

A desktop version of Google Allo is now available

A desktop version of Google Allo is now available

Google has debuted a web version of its smart messaging app Allo on its Chrome web browser. Google notes that if users choose to "view Allo for web on your mobile browser, the app won't work".

The web version of Allo somewhat uses a similar pairing process with WhatsApp. And while it's great to host the application in a browser, it's often nice to have a separate desktop app to keep some services separate from the hundreds of tabs you probably have open. As of now, the web version is restricted to Chrome and it can be accessed only by Android users.

Open the menu and look for "Allo for web" icon.

Moreover, Google had announced in February that a desktop version of the app will be made available for users although it did not confirm a date.

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

The feature is quite similar to WhatsApp, which is arguably the biggest competitor of Google Allo. That means you can only install it by scanning a QR code on your Android phone (iPhone users are left in the lurch for now). User needs scan the QR code and the phone is paired with the browser allowing user to chat with friends through desktop. Allo on the web works differently to messaging services like Facebook Messenger or Google's own Hangouts. There is no word on when the iOS version will be getting this functionality. READ NEXT:Google's voice dictation tech now supports 30 more languages You can send basic text messages as well as stickers, emoji and Allo smart replies. With the option now in Allo it could be mere hours before Google flips the switch and makes it live. Again, this is only available for Android devices for now, but the landing page does indicate that iPhones will be supported down the line.

Allo for the web is a breeze to set up, but you'll need your phone.

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