Following the underwhelming 2.0 update, Google's ill-conceived messaging app Allo got another update bumping its version number another whole step up, to 3.0, and introducing features such as chat themes, emoji suggestions, and a new “Fantastic Beasts”-themed sticker pack. Can you guess what this update doesn't add to Allo? That's right – there is still no SMS support.
Chat themes are a cool distraction that allows you to visually spice up your conversations with colorful backgrounds. Themes can be enabled and changed individually for each conversation. To do so, open a chat thread with one of your contacts, tap on their profile picture in the top right corner of the screen, select “Chat details”, scroll down to the bottom of the menu, and you'll see a “Change chat theme” option. Note, however, that this feature cannot be used in conjunction with the “Monochrome” mode introduced in Allo 2.0.
There's also a new “Smart Smiley” emoji suggestion feature that can be accessed by tapping the new emoji icon next to the “Send” button in the text box for each conversation. Doing so will yield a list of suggested items based on your most frequently used smileys and stickers, as well as on the content of your current message.
Allo 3.0 adds a new sticker pack to the mix, featuring characters from J. K. Rowling's screenwriting debut, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.” There's not much else we can say about it – it's a collection of well-made stickers.
The update should be rolling out to you via the Google Play Store in the following days.