Google announced the new IM service at Google I/O 2016, and no more than four months later, we finally get to try it out. Will this become Android’s default instant messaging platform; will it be popular? I like making assumptions and they would all be positive for Allo, but let’s better have a little more patience and talk about the present!
Google’s Allo seems to have a mixture of successful elements that we are looking to get from such an app: an assistant ready to meet your expectations and help you all the time, an “Incognito” chat, which shows you that privacy matters and allows you to set a self-destruct time for every chat session if you want that, not to mention that function that lets you adjust the size of the text you send by holding down on the send button.
Yes, Google has introduced a very interesting feature in Allo and terms it as shouting (typing large-size text), as well as whispering (typing smaller text). Typing in ALL CAPS to make yourself understood becomes a part of the past now, but you can say it louder or quieter by changing the size of your text with a quick swipe.
This basically allows you to put more emphasis on certain messages and it adds more of your personality to chats. That, coupled with some other features that the app offers makes Google Allo an attractive alternative to those who thought that WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger are the best options out there as long as they aren’t any more and their glory has already started to fade.
So, here’s how you can make fonts bigger or smaller in Allo:
- First of all, you need to open a conversation;
- Tap the text input field;
- Up next, you have to type the text you want to make bigger or smaller by tapping and holding the Send button;
- At this point you will see a vertical slider. You must only drag your finger up to make the text bigger;
- If you want the opposite, then just slide it down to make it smaller.
As you can see, this a fun and easy-to-understand feature that makes Allo pretty unique. However, I wouldn’t be so surprised to see this feature copied by other IM apps in the near future!