Google Allo got off to a great start topping the download charts in the Google Play Store as the social messaging app on Android aimed at replacing Hangouts. Momentum quickly tailed off as it became clear Allo lacked many of the features that made Hangouts so good.

A new update rolling out to users today sees that feature gap reduced slightly as Allo gets a chat backup and restore facility to help save messages when changing devices. In addition, there’s also an incognito mode introduced for groups and also link preview.

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The Allo backup feature will utilize Google Drive for backups but beyond that it’s not quite clear how the other features will look just yet but no doubt will come clear as the update arrives for users.

While Allo will not be a true replacement for Hangouts until we see a desktop or web client, the features being introduced today certainly help increase the feature set of the app.

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  1. …still far from enough to make me do the switch from Hangouts.
    What is Google up to with Allo? I seriously doubt “I can’t backup my chats to Google drive!” was the top feature request from the users.

  2. Allo has some excellent features and lovely design but lacks basic features that users need now. That’s why it lags far behind WhatsApp. If Google is not willing to update, it will soon become another disaster from them (or already)

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