Google just released a video chatting app called ‘Google DUO’ which is probable Google’s response to other popular video calling apps like Apple FaceTime, Microsoft Skype and Facebook Messenger.
The app works with mobile devices running Google’s Android operating system and Apple Inc.’s iOS. It runs on Wi-Fi and cellular networks, automatically switching between different types and speeds of connection and adjusting video quality. Duo also uses phone numbers, rather than a Google account or Gmail address, making it easier to call friends, family and other people already stored on smartphone contact lists, helping the recipient decide whether to answer.
Google has been offering video calling through its Hangout feature for several years, but the internet company is now tailoring that service for business meetings. Duo is being billed as a simpler, more reliable way to see friends and family as you talk to them.
— TechCrunch (@TechCrunch) August 16, 2016
Google Duo has been made into a simpler, more reliable way to connect to friends. The app is available both for Android and iOS.
What’s unique about Duo is that, before the call, the app will show a live video of the person at the other end. The feature is called ‘knock, knock’. The roll-out of Google Duo for Android and iOS starts today, and it will be live worldwide in the next few days. To ensure privacy and security, all Duo calls are end-to-end encrypted. Duo allows users to connect using their phone number without a separate username/account.