Google is seemingly working on a handful of new features for its messaging app Google Allo. The features were discovered by 9to5Google who managed to enable some of these hidden options that have yet to be made publicly available by Google. The list of new discoveries includes a “Quick Selfie” option, the ability to backup and restore Allo data, new stickers, and the ability to enable incognito mode in group chats.
As readers can observe in the YouTube video below, the Quick Selfie feature hidden within Allo adds a new camera button to the right of the text entry field. Once tapped, it will reveal a shutter button inside a circular frame, and from there, users can either send the selfie or delete it. Moving on to the next hidden feature, the source seems to have found evidence that Google is, or has been working on backup and restore functionality for Allo. However, it’s unclear how the option would work in practice, and whether it would be used to back up and restore conversations. Another new feature is the addition of more stickers that you can see below and the ability to add stickers to photos you capture. Lastly, while the source wasn’t able to make this function work, a bit of code found within Allo suggests that Google might be adding an incognito mode for group chats in the future.
Whether or not Google will add an incognito mode to group chats remains to be seen, and the same goes for any other feature mentioned above. There is no guarantee that Google will add those functionalities to Allo, but it’s evident that the software giant at least entertained the idea of introducing the aforementioned features. There’s also no reason to believe that if one of those features goes live, the rest will automatically follow suit. Google might consider some of those new additions worthy of a public release while putting others on hold indefinitely, but regardless, it looks like the Mountain View-based company is still looking to enrich its new messaging application, and future Allo updates could expand on its functionality even further.