Google Pixel phones may have Allo baked in for messaging


The launch of Google’s new Allo messaging app hasn’t exactly been smooth. Some have loved the new chat app and its Google Assistant features, while others have decried its lack of features, the potential privacy issues, and more. Owners of the upcoming Pixel phones may want to start getting used to Allo now, as it is highly likely that the app will be baked into Google’s new devices.

Anonymous (and trusted) sources pointed us towards some internal specifications for the Pixel devices.  Many of the features and specs (listed in the screenshot below) have already been pretty widely rumored anyway, including a Snapdragon 821 processor, 4Gb DDR4 RAM, and the new Pixel launcher. some other specs have been hinted at but not necessarily confirmed. The Pixel XL (Marlin) device will include a 5.5″ Quad HD display and a 3450mAh battery, while the Pixel (Sailfish) sports a 5″ Full HD display with a 2778mAh battery. Both devices are also expected to ship with a new camera app which includes “pro features.” There should be three colors available, including Silver Metallic, Blue Metallic, and Slate Black Matte. The devices are also expected to include a USB-OTG dongle, and 90 days of Google Play Music Access.

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Leaked data shows Allo as default message app

The Pixel phones may also become the beginning of the end for Hangouts, as it is noted that they will include Allo as the default messaging app. That’s not to say you can’t still download Hangouts if that’s your preferred Google chat app (for now at least) but it is clear that Google is trying to push Allo pretty hard, and what better way to do that than with early adopters of their Nexus Pixel hardware.

What do you think about the supposed specs of the upcoming Pixel devices and the inclusion of Allo as the default messaging app? Let us know in the comments below, or on Google+, Twitter, or Facebook.


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