Why it's great: It's equipped with an artificially intelligent Google Assistant that'll chime in whenever you have a question.
Google has plenty of experience with chat platforms, from GChat, to Google Messenger, to Hangouts, but it's best offering yet is the just-launched Allo app. Although it offers most of the requisite messaging app features (it supports sending photos and videos, and has quite a few iOS 10-esque effect options), you cannot use it to make voice or video calls. It does have something none of the other apps do, though: Google Assistant, an AI bot that will pop in to answer questions you might have as you're chatting (what's the weather? Where's the best sushi spot nearby? When does the game start?).
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