Google Rolls Out “Chat,” Another New Way to Message on Android

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Google Rolls Out “Chat,” Another New Way to Message on Android

Google has been struggling to come up with a compelling messaging app for its mobile platform. Two years back, it began work on Allo, a new application for Android users that would finally

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