Ubergizmo: Google Allo For Web Release May Take Place In ‘A Month Or Two’

Ubergizmo: Google Allo For Web Release May Take Place In ‘A Month Or Two’. “Google’s Allo communication app is only available for smartphones at this point in time, however, it has been known for quite some time now that a web app is going to be released soon. Google is yet to confirm precisely when that’s going to happen. Allo for the web is now being tested and the latest report is that it’s still ‘a month or two’ from release.”

PC World: Google preps Allo for a long-awaited desktop client, chat backups

PC World: Google preps Allo for a long-awaited desktop client, chat backups. “When Allo 9.0 arrived earlier this month, there wasn’t much to talk about. Aside from bug fixes and performance improvements, the update brought nary a new sticker pack to play with. But as it turns out, Google is doing some serious work behind the scenes.”

Digital Inspiration: Google Can Remember Things for You

Digital Inspiration: Google Can Remember Things for You. “There’s another interesting option from Google that you may wish to explore for remembering things. It’s called Google Assistant, the voice assistant app that is now available on newer Android phones. If you don’t have one, you can still use Google assistant inside the Google Allo app that is available for both iPhone and Android.”

Gizmodo: Google’s AI Plans Are A Privacy Nightmare

Gizmodo: Google’s AI Plans Are A Privacy Nightmare “Because Google’s assistant recommends things that are innately personal to you, like where to eat tonight or how to get from point A to B, it is amassing a huge collection of your most personal thoughts, visited places, and preferences. Google is pretty vague about what exactly the assistant is collecting. It can access information on your devices like contacts or storage (read: literally anything stored to your device), and it can also access ‘content on your screen.’ In order for the AI to ‘learn’ this means it will have to collect and analyze as much data about you as possible in order to serve you more accurate recommendations, suggestions, and data.”

EFF: Google’s Allo Sends The Wrong Message About Encryption

EFF: Google’s Allo Sends The Wrong Message About Encryption. “When Google announced its new Allo messaging app, we were initially pleased to see the company responding to long-standing consumer demand for user-friendly, secure messaging. Unfortunately, it now seems that Google’s response may cause more harm than good. While Allo does expose more users to end-to-end encrypted messaging, this potential benefit is outweighed by the cost of Allo’s mixed signals about what secure messaging is and how it works. This has significance for secure messaging app developers and users beyond Google or Allo: if we want to protect all users, we must make encryption our automatic, straightforward, easy-to-use status quo.”