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Allo Suggests Emojis for Your Chat

Paul Rubens - November 17, 2016 - 06:04 AM
Allo Suggests Emojis for Your Chat
Google's Allo messaging app now offers suggestions for emojis and stickers based on a user's conversation.

(CCM) — Google's Allo messaging app now uses artificial intelligence to suggest appropriate emojis or stickers based on the current conversation. To use the feature, users tap a new "Smart Smiley" button while typing. A selection of suitable emojis and stickers will then be offered and can be inserted with a single tap. "Suggestions for stickers and emojis will change based on the words you write and the sentiment of your message. And if you haven’t started typing, Smart Smiley offers suggestions based on your conversation so the perfect sticker is just one tap away," explained Amit Fulay, Google's Product Manager for Allo, in a blog post. He added that most people use less than 3% of the emojis available to them, but in tests, the availability of "Smart Smileys" increased usage by 30%.

Google has also introduced a range of new stickers based on the Warner Bros film "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" and background themes including "Watermelon" and "Sorbet." One final new feature makes it easier for users to discover new sticker packs: when a friend sends a sticker from a pack a user does not have they can tap on that sticker to download the entire pack. The new features are being rolled out worldwide now, although "Smart Smiley" will initially only be available in English.

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