Google Allo has not had the best reception since its release last month but it is clear that Google intends on driving it and their new video app, Google Duo, as their primary messaging apps. Allo, for its part, is getting a healthy update today that brings a couple of feature many users requested on the initial release. First is Direct Reply. This feature allows you to reply to a message right from the notification shade – like you can with, oh, just about every other messaging app from Google and others. While you have had quick responses available in the Notification Shade, being able to reply with your own text, to now, hasn’t been an option. This is certainly a must have feature for a messaging app these days and it is good that Allo has it on board.