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Allo lead thanks everyone who is not complaining

Amid a tempest of gripes and feature suggestions, Allo co-lead Justin Uberti has taken to social media to promise that many desired features are on the way.

Published onSeptember 22, 2016

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Google’s much anticipated messaging app Allo finally arrived in the Google Play Store this week, and it was met with much rejoicing. However, this rejoicing quickly turned to confusion and then agitation as it became clear that, although Google Assistant was fairly cool, the messaging side of the app left a lot to be desired.

In the midst of all the hubbub Allo’s co-lead Justin Uberti has taken to social media to respond to the clamor. Uberti is putting a positive spin on the debacle, saying that he’s making a list of all the features users say they wanted to see in the app, and that it will be fun to scale up the new service.

Uberti gave a special shoutout to those users who made suggestions but did not complain about the current state of the app:

And a special ? to those who asked for a feature, but understood that Allo v1 is just that: a 1.0 product that will improve every few weeks.
— Justin Uberti (@juberti) September 22, 2016

Response to Uberti has been mixed. Some users are thanking him for the outreach, but others continue to grouse. “Allo 1.0 would’ve been fine, 5 years ago,” tweeted user @KaitPlz. “You can’t launch a barebone IM app in 2016 when there are 15 better options out there alrdy.”

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@jacob_wagner99 pointed out, “While I understand this is v1. The issue is, for instance Google Photos or other apps. When they were released, they were finished in their entirety. With small additional features to come. Allo is missing key features to make it worth switching.”

Other users are saying that their friends and family are asking them to stop using Allo to communicate with them because it’s “annoying.”

It’s clear that Allo leaves much to be desired in its present state, but it seems like Google has intentions to make robust updates going forward. However, will it be enough to sway back over an irritated fanbase?

Where do you side in this issue? Is Allo a forgivable work in progress, or did Google jump the gun with its launch? Let us know your take in the comments below!

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