But let’s go ahead and tap on their roster. There we go. We have a carousel with all their top talent and should we check out everyone’s favorite? Okay. There he is Mr. Ronaldo. Let’s see some of his best tricks. So Amit only has to type “best tricks” and the Assistant understands the context and that he means Ronaldo’s best tricks and responds with a YouTube video. We won’t play that video now, but if we did tap it, it would play right there in the chat.
So, let’s play a game instead. Amit’s asking Google to play a game. And, okay. Google’s suggesting the Emoji game. The way this works is Google provides a string of emoji and you have to guess the film title. Are you ready? Yeah? Okay, let’s play.
Okay. So looks like we’ve got a crown and some rings. Any ideas? Lord of the Rings? I hear The Princess Bride over there. Amit, any ideas? Lord of the Rings. Oh, it was too easy. Okay. We could keep going but I think you got the idea. So that was obviously — should we keep going? No. Any ideas? They’re good. Okay. So this is obviously a super simple game and there’s a bunch more that you can play in Allo. But we really think that the best games will come from the developer community.
So that was the Assistant in Allo. Allowing you to harness all of the richness and knowledge of Google from search, YouTubes, Maps, Photos as well as many of our partners to have fun and get things done.
As you saw, the interface is inherently personal and conversational and the Smart Suggestions tab help to keep the conversation flowing. But most importantly for the first time, you can use Google in your chats with your friends.
And with that, I’ll hand it back to Erik.
Erik Kay – Engineering Director at Google
Thanks, Rebecca and thanks, Amit. I’m really excited about the possibilities that Google Assistant brings to messaging.
Now let’s talk a bit about privacy and security. We realize that sometimes people want to be incognito. Of course, this applies to chat as well. So, following in the footsteps of Chrome, we’ve created an incognito mode for Allo. While all messages in Allo are encrypted, chats in incognito mode are end-to-end encrypted. Incognito chats have discreet notifications hiding the sender and the message content from shoulder surfers and prying eyes.
Incognito also offers message expiration, so you’re in control of how long your private messages stick around. And similar to when you close an incognito window in Chrome, when you delete an incognito conversation in Allo, it’s gone forever and no one can see it again on your device.
With incognito mode, Allo gives users additional controls over their privacy and security and we anticipate adding even more security features to it over time.
So that’s Allo. Allo is fast, smart, and secure and it lets you express yourself in fun new ways. And Allo will be the first home for the Google Assistant as it starts to take shape, bringing the richness of Google right into your chats.
Now, allo is all about messaging, but let me talk to you a minute about video calling. Just as technology has helped connect people through messaging, video calling has brought families and friends together from around the world. It can be a magical experience, so why don’t we pick up the phone and do it more often? Well, maybe the other person has a different kind of phone. Maybe the connection is a little spotty. And even when it does work, getting a call can often feel intrusive because you’re not quite sure why the other person’s calling. That’s why we challenged ourselves to design a video calling experience that would feel magical every time.
So, I’d like to introduce you to Duo, a simple one-to-one video calling app for everyone. Duo is the video companion to Allo. It’s fast and performs well even on slow networks. It’s end-to-end encrypted. It’s based on your phone number allowing you to easily get in touch with the people you care about, and it works on both Android and iOS.
But here’s a feature that makes Allo really special. We call it Knock Knock. Knock Knock shows you a live video stream of the caller before you’ve even picked up. Not only can you see who’s calling but what they’re up to and why they’re calling, a smile, a beach, a newborn baby can all draw you into the moment, making calls feel spontaneous and natural. And once you pick up, Duo puts you right into the call seamlessly transitioning from the live preview to the live call. Knock Knock totally changes what it’s like to receive a video call.
So let’s take a look. And almost right on cue, I’m getting a call from my daughter Ava. I use Ava for all my demos. So as you can see, and Elena apparently, too, is popping in there, I haven’t even picked up yet but Ava is right there smiling and making funny faces. I can tell she is really eager to talk. So let’s answer it.
[Ava: Hi, dad.
Erik Kay: Hi, Ava, hi, Elena.
Ava: Are you done with your presentation yet?
Erik Kay: Almost. I’ll be done soon. Could you wave to everybody?
Ava: Hi, everybody.
Erik Kay: All right. Bye, I’ll talk to you soon.
Ava: Bye, Dad.
Erik Kay: Oops!]
So you just saw how Knock Knock drew us into the conversation with Ava and Elena before we even picked it up and how fast and smooth it was.
Now, Knock Knock only works when the video is instant. There can’t be a gap between the phone ringing and the video appearing. This is a really hard technical problem but we’re uniquely positioned to tackle it. Duo was built by the team that created WebRTC, the open source platform that now powers much of today’s mobile video communication. And we know this technology like no one else. We used a new protocol called QUIC that allows Duo to establish an encrypted connection in a single round trip. We obsessed over every last detail of video transmission, hand tuning and optimizing codecs, bandwidth probing, encryption and more. The result is the unique feel of Knock Knock. You’re right there in an instant.
So the other thing that really sets Duo apart is how reliable it makes video calling. Duo works wherever you are, whether it’s New York or New Delhi, Buenos Aires or Butte, at home or on the road. Duo proactively monitors network quality multiple times per second, allowing it to degrade gracefully when bandwidth is limited and to seamlessly switch between Wi-Fi and cellular. And, of course, this all happens automatically behind the scenes, so you don’t have to worry about it. All this technology combines with a smooth interface that fades away allowing you to focus on each other in beautiful HD video and audio. This is what makes Duo a video calling experience that feels unlike anything you’ve used before.
Now, I’d like to show you a short video that shows how Duo brings magic back to video calling.
You can really see how fun and spontaneous video calls become with Duo. We’re incredibly excited to be connecting people all over the world with these two new apps: Allo, a smart messaging app with expression and the power of the Google Assistant. And duo, a simple video app with the spontaneity of Knock Knock. Both Allo and Duo will be available this summer on Android and iOS.