Meet Google Duo, Video Chatting App for Everyone


Google Duo works across Android and iOS — all you need is a phone number

When we thought we’ve gotten enough messaging apps, Google released another! From the early ages of yahoo messenger to whatsapp and now chatbots invested facebook messenger, there is always the need to connect remotely and instantly. Howbeit, with a bit of more human touch – as against starring at a piece of hardware.

Apple solved that problem with FaceTime, and now Google just jumped into the foray of video chatting.

Video calling is the next best thing to being with someone in person, but too often it can be a frustrating or complicated experience. You shouldn’t have to worry about whether your call will connect, or if your friend is using the same type of device as you are. It’s no wonder that nearly half of us never make video calls on mobile.

Will this be the next disruption in messaging apps? While we will all watch and see if this will be next gmail of messenger or another orkut of social networking…

Yesterday, Google Duo was released — a simple 1-to-1 video calling app available for Android and iOS. Duo takes the complexity out of video calling, so that you can be together in the moment wherever you are, Google states.

Google says the interface is simple. To get started, all you need is your phone number and you’ll be able to reach people in your phone’s contacts list. No separate account is required, so you can sign up in just a few steps. From there, you can instantly begin a video call with a single tap.

Google also says it is fast and reliable, we all know how it feels when a call fails to connect or when video gets choppy. Built to be fast and reliable, so that video calls connect quickly and work well even on slower networks. Call quality adjusts to changing network conditions to keep you connected — when bandwidth is limited, Duo will gracefully reduce the resolution to keep the call going smoothly. For video calls on the go, Duo will switch between Wi-Fi and cellular data automatically without dropping your call. You can start your call at home, and continue seamlessly even when you head out the door.

Google then said is has all elements of “Human design”, becasue they designed Duo to feel warm and inviting, focused on just you and the person you’re calling. To make calls feel more like an invitation rather than an interruption, we created a feature in Duo called Knock Knock which lets you see live video of your caller before you answer, giving you a sense of what they’re up to and why they want to chat. Knock Knock makes video calling more spontaneous and welcoming, helping you connect with the person before you even pick up.

For the privacy champions, Duo is also for you – emphasis on privacy and security, and all Duo calls are end-to-end encrypted. Give your friends a wave with Duo! Google started rolling out Duo for Android and iOS yesterday, and it will be live worldwide in the next few days. Will this be the next disruption in messaging apps? While we will all watch and see if this will be next gmail of messenger or another orkut of social networking, our fingers shall remain crossed!

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