Earlier this week Google pushed out Allo 2.0, unfortunately, that update didn’t really fix any of the usability issues with the app, you know little things like multi-device support, web clients or server side backup and restore of chat history. Never fear however as Pushbullet has stepped forward to address one of those missing features, desktop messaging.
Pushbullet admits this isn’t a dedicated desktop or web app, however, through their programming magic for those who spend a lot of time behind a PC, or multiple PCs, you can now connect Pushbullet to Allo to send and receive Allo messages, from the single device it’s installed on, from your PC. All you need is either the PC app or browser extension as well as the Android app installed on your Allo device, turn on notification mirroring and whamo, Allo on a desktop.
To be honest we’re still unconvinced that Allo has a chance of becoming a serious contender in the more multi-device, multi-form factor western markets. It really feels as if Google has just given up on their existing market base, conceding messaging defeat as it were, and is now solely targeting the emerging markets. While targeting that market is fine, it’s disappointing for die-hard Google users to just be left out in the cold with a new messaging service that barely passes muster.
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