On a Moto G5 Plus with Android 7.0 (Nougat), Google Allo was installed from the Google Play Store.

Going into Settings > Apps > (gear icon) > SMS app the list shown does not include Allo. Is this universally the case, or is this something 'wrong' with my situation? Is it correctable?

  • Note: Google will stop supporting Allo in March 2019 – slayernoah Feb 5 '19 at 17:27

It's not possible - it's universally the case:

First off, Allo isn't a Hangouts replacement. You can't set the messaging service as the default SMS client on your phone. It does offer the ability to message a contact that doesn't have Allo installed through Play Services, but that's about it. You can also talk to contacts over SMS, with the message itself routed through Google's servers, but Allo isn't an SMS service by design. In this regard, it has more similarities to WhatsApp than iMessage.

Emphasis added by me.

Note: It seems that Allo is going to be discontinued.

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  • And Allo is being abandoned by Google anyway. Just best to avoid it. – user202027 May 14 '18 at 16:05
  • @SiXandSeven8ths I also heard about it - any source from Google themselves? Couldn't find one. If you have one, I'll add it to the answer as a recommendation. – arieljannai May 14 '18 at 16:10
  • theverge.com/2018/4/19/17253308/… Has some quotes from a Googler. – user202027 May 14 '18 at 16:29

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