Google takes aim at ri­vals with ‘smart’ mes­sag­ing app

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SUNBIZ -

WASH­ING­TON: Google took aim yes­ter­day at the red-hot mo­bile mes­sag­ing mar­ket, with a new ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence-pow­ered Allo app that seeks to com­pete with pop­u­lar ri­vals such as What­sApp and Face­book Mes­sen­ger.

But the app’s reliance on Google’s pre­dic­tive soft­ware drew im­me­di­ate crit­i­cism from pri­vacy ad­vo­cates who ar­gued it could open up user data to law en­force­ment – with for­mer US in­tel­li­gence con­trac­tor Ed­ward Snow­den warn­ing peo­ple not to use it.

Google de­fended its pri­vacy stand, say­ing users can opt for a more se­cure “incog­nito” mode if they pre­fer.

The app in­cludes Google As­sis­tant, an ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence pro­gram which makes live sug­ges­tions as you chat.

“You no longer need to leave a con­ver­sa­tion with friends just to grab an ad­dress, share your fa­vorite YouTube video, or pick a din­ner spot,” Google said in a blog post.

“Google Allo can help you make plans, find in­for­ma­tion, and ex­press your­self more eas­ily in chat. And the more you use it, the more it im­proves over time,” Google said.

The app will ad­just ac­cord­ing to whether its user’s style is usu­ally an emoji or writ­ten re­sponse, for ex­am­ple. Like ri­val apps, it has tools for per­son­al­is­ing chat mes­sages in­clud­ing chang­ing the size of emo­jis and a choice of stick­ers.

The app is avail­able on smart­phones us­ing Google’s An­droid sys­tem and Ap­ple’s iOS. – AFP

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