Google's Allo gets Fantastic Beasts stickers, background themes, and emoji suggestions

Google's cross-platform chat app is continues to improve in its bid to lure users from other services.

Allo is the future of Google’s messaging efforts, and the service has been furiously adding new features to make it a more fun and engaging place to have conversations.

The latest update takes advantage of the popularity surrounding the latest Harry Potter-franchise film, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. You can grab a sticker pack that adds in characters from the Harry Potter universe, something that’s sure to delight fans.

Additionally, Allo is bringing in background themes as promised, and will suggest emojis based on your conversation. When typing you can hit the “Smart Smiley” button for suggested emojis and stickers that may help you say what you want with a little more pizzazz.

allo stickers The Keyword

Allo has a big basket of fun being dropped into the latest update.

Google says the features are rolling out for Allo on Android and iOS.

The impact on you: Google opted to focus on the basics with Allo at first, making sure that it was solid, reliable, and worked well on both platforms. But that left it without a lot of features that define modern messaging apps. We’re seeing some of that work now, though the lack of a web or desktop version and integration with other services means that Allo still has a long way to go against the likes of Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, and even iMessage.

Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags GoogleMessaging

Our Back to Business guide highlights the best products for you to boost your productivity at home, on the road, at the office, or in the classroom.

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Derek Walter

Unknown Publication
Show Comments

Essentials

Lexar® JumpDrive® S57 USB 3.0 flash drive

Learn more >

Microsoft L5V-00027 Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard Desktop

Learn more >

Mobile

Lexar® JumpDrive® S45 USB 3.0 flash drive 

Learn more >

Exec

Audio-Technica ATH-ANC70 Noise Cancelling Headphones

Learn more >

Lexar® JumpDrive® C20c USB Type-C flash drive 

Learn more >

HD Pan/Tilt Wi-Fi Camera with Night Vision NC450

Learn more >

Lexar® Professional 1800x microSDHC™/microSDXC™ UHS-II cards 

Learn more >

Budget

Back To Business Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles

Resources

GGG Evaluation Team

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

Aysha Strobbe

Windows 10 / HP Spectre

Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!

Mark Escubio

Windows 10 / Lenovo Yoga

For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.

Kathy Cassidy

STYLISTIC Q702

First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.

Anthony Grifoni

STYLISTIC Q572

For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?