Google Allo still exists. Furthermore, it's still not been forgotten by the search giant, and keeps on getting updates once in a while. Today is one such occasion, and this time the news isn't new stickers - just kidding, there's some news about stickers, but it's not the most important.
That award would go to the newly launched function that lets you share documents and other types of files through Allo. Here's the list of supported file extensions: .pdf, .doc, .apk, .zip, and .mp3. That should make users happy, and it's important to note that while some of Allo's competitors (say, WhatsApp) do offer similar functionality, some don't (Facebook Messenger for example).
To share such files just use the new paper clip icon seen above, while you're in any Allo conversation. Tapping that will take you to your device's file explorer, where you can select what you want to share. The odd thing is that you can't share Google Docs, Slides, and Sheets if you've saved them in their default format. So for now you need to either save those in Microsoft's formats, or just send people a link to the file on Google Drive.
And now let's dive into the sticker-adjacent news. Smart Smiley is rolling out in Brazilian Portuguese, so if you speak that language you will be able to take advantage of this feature that uses machine learning to help you find the right emoji faster. Just tap the Smart Smiley icon on the compose bar and the app will instantly suggest relevant emojis and, yes, you guessed it, stickers. No new sticker packs this time around though.
Again, just waiting the day Google will announce that they're discontinuing Allo and Duo.
Allo is rather useless without text messaging integration. And how is it ultimately different than Hangouts, so that I would want to use them separately? I really don't get the weird fragmentation Google is engaged in. Hangouts, Allo, Duo.... Wh...