We know about Apple and Samsung – but what is Google doing next?

Google, along with Samsung are Apple’s biggest competitors, and with the iPhone already smashing sales, it comes to our attention that Google has already entered the race for the most users; with new products being released this NZ spring in both software and hardware. A new messaging app, video calling app, and a new line of devices are coming our way. Google has re-designed it’s keyboard too, and it doesn’t stop there.

Google Allo

Google Allo, or simply “Allo” released just yesterday in many countries. And with it comes many features never before seen on messaging apps, plus good old media sharing, voice messages and texting. — As seen on the likes of WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger. Allo has one special feature however, apart from simply being a messaging service: Google Assistant. Google Assistant definitely makes trying this one out worth a go. You can type to Google Assistant just like Siri, and ask it to provide you with information, and answers on questions you may have otherwise searched online. What makes it even better, is the fact that you can use it in a conversation with one of your friends, or even a group chat. Simply type “@Google” into the text box, and ask it a question. This can be handy if you want to share a website, location, video or other online content to your friends. You can set Google Assistant to provide you with notifications also, with reminders, and sports updates which are highly customisable. Another feature that Allo brings which is unique, is the ability to have self-disposing conversations, or “Incognito Conversations”. If you’d like to have a conversation with someone as a one-off, and have the feed auto-delete after a set time you now can. Google still tracks everything here so do be careful.

Google Duo

Just how Allo competes with messaging services, “Duo” competes with FaceTime and the likes of Skype. It’s a one-to-one video calling service, which lets you view the person who you are calling video feed before they pick up. Of course this does sound bizarre at first, but once you give it a try it can actually make some sense. It uses quite a low amount of data in comparison to other video calling applications, and video quality seems to be very good over WiFi or 4G. It’s much cleaner and faster than skype, although does lack in a few features that FaceTime has. Overall both services Google offer are cross-platform, so they are worth a try.

Google Pixel & Google Pixel XL

Incase you were wondering, yes, the new Google phones aren’t going to be Nexus anymore. Google is putting to bed their old phone lineage, and bringing forth a brand new line-up, with the first generation being made by HTC. The phones are set to be announced on October 4th. Here is a rumour round-up of what to expect from the new flagships from Google:

Both phones are expected to feature aluminium chassis, with a sleek, thin design. The leaked images so far have shown a rear-facing fingerprint scanner, as well as a glass and metal build. It is speculated that the Pixel will be around 5 inches in size, and the Pixel XL around 5.5 inches. Other rumours suggest that the phones will have the latest in specifications, such as the newest SnapDragon processor, with a likely 4GB of RAM and improved cameras. More on the phones will be out once announced.