The latest version of Google Allo highlights an incoming sticker personalization feature and already includes support for Chrome Custom Tabs. While the latter feature is already live in this latest update, the sticker personalization has been spotted in the code for the app and therefore, will likely become available at a future time or as part of another update.
While the sticker personalization is not yet live, the code does reveal some details on what should be expected from the feature. According to the information, Allo users will be able to take a selfie and then Allo will be able to generate a sticker pack based on the user’s selfie. Beyond that, it is currently unclear as to how the user will be able to make further use of the sticker pack, although the coding noted by Android Police does suggest that further customization of the stickers will be possible.
Moving on the Chrome Custom Tab support and this is likely to be a feature that many will have already expected to be available through Allo. However, if you are using a previous version of the app, then when clicking on an outside URL link (in Allo), you will be asked which browser you would like to open the link with. In contrast, the newly updated version by default will open up the outside link as a Chrome Custom Tab. Which should mean that the links loads lighter and faster and offer the user an improved viewing/reading experience. Although, if you're not so keen on using Chrome Custom Tabs, then the latest version does also include an option in the app settings to turn off the automatic ‘open web links in Allo’ feature. After which, you will then revert back to the ability to choose your default (or on a per click basis) browser.
The latest version of Allo is version 5.0 and is already understood to be rolling out to devices. As such, if you currently have Allo installed, then you should see this updated version arrive in due course. If however, you would prefer to push the updated version to your device as soon as possible, you can download version 5.0 in APK form through the link below.