Google Allo has been one of the biggest disappointments when it comes to smartphone apps. Google initially announced the Allo and Duo apps during the Google I/O 2016 event. The apps released later in the year. However, while Duo was mildly popular, it was just a downward spiral for Allo. The app was knocked off the list of the top 500 Android apps recently. In another bad news for Allo users, a glitch in the app has now been discovered which allows your friends to see your search history results.
This glitch was spotted by ReCode. This happens due to the Google Assistant. The Assistant, which was earlier exclusive to the Google Pixel and Google Home has now started rolling out on all Android Marshmallow and Android Nougat smartphones. The assistant can be directly asked questions even in the middle of the chat by tagging it as @Google. However, as ReCode notes, there’s a major glitch here –
This was observed in a chat between two people. When one of the participants asked the Google Assistant to identify itself, it sent out a link. The link, however, was not as random as it seemed. It was a link from a harry potter website Pottermore. This was incidentally a link that appeared in the user’s search history in his last few searches. What is even more strange is that Harry Potter was not even mentioned in the chat till that point. While this was a rather innocent search, this is potentially a major threat to privacy as not all searches are like this one.
There’s a risk that some day messenger might divulge a more sensitive or a more personal search result. This is something that demand immediate attention from Google and it needs to be fixed immediately. Google has been contacted over this glitch and we expect it to be soon resolved.