Might as well kick this week off with a public service announcement. Let me preface this by saying that I am wholeheartedly Team Google.
DO NOT INSTALL OR USE THE ALLO APP.
Yes it’s slick. Yes it integrates a personal assistant chatbot. Yes it comes with cool new sticker sets. Don’t do it. Google went back on their promise of transient message storage and now the app is storing all your messages indefinitely by default. I won’t go into all the reasons this is dangerous, but the bottom line is that you should be at least considering end-to-end encryption and timed destruction on all your message traffic these days. Allo in its default state is pretty much the exact opposite of that.