Google Debuts Video-Calling App: Google Duo

Google has revealed its video calling app called Google Duo. The Google Duo app is a simple 1-to-1 video calling app available on both the Android and iOS platforms. Duo removes the complexity of video calling, making you be together in the moment no matter where you are. Duo has been built with an emphasis on security and privacy. All Duo calls are end-to-end encrypted. Google has now successfully joined dozens of other services who offer free video calling, from giants like Microsoft Skype to smaller firms such as Viber.

Duo is a simple app from start to finish. All you require is your phone number and you are good to go. You will be able to make calls to people in your phone’s contacts list across device types and platforms. You do not require any separate account. You can just sign up and begin to make calls in few easy taps. From there, a video call can instantly be started with a single tap. The roll out of the Google Duo app for Android and iOS has already started. It will be live worldwide within the next couple of days.

The unique feature of Knock Knock in Google Duo has been designed to be fun and inviting. The feature allows people to be able to see live video of the caller even before answering the call. It gives a short preview of the incoming call by showing a short, live video of the caller.  This gives you a sense of what the person is up to and their reason for calling. Knock Knock makes video calling more welcoming and spontaneous. It helps users to connect with the person even before picking up the call.

You do not require any Google account to enjoy this free service, that enables video calling from phone number to phone number irrespective of the hardware platform. This will make it easier for those who will like to call from an Android to an iPhone or an Android to Android.

Duo has been built to be reliable and fast. This will make it possible for video calls to connect quickly and work well even if the network is slow. Call quality adjusts to varying network conditions to keep you connected even in limited bandwidth. Duo will stylishly reduce the resolution to keep the call going smoothly. For video calls on the go, Duo can switch automatically between cellular data and Wi-Fi, even without dropping your call. The video will shift into a lower definition appearance if reception degrades, but audio will still stay crisp.

“Video calling is the next best thing to being with someone in person. We have designed the interface to be simple, easy and welcoming. In places like India, it has been designed to adapt to the network connectivity conditions. We hope to make the experience of video calling more personal, inviting easy and smooth”, said Amit Fulay, Group Product Manager, Google.

Although Google already has a calling feature in its Hangouts chat app, but Duo will be more appealing to a larger group of people. Hangouts require a Google account and is built largely for productivity and for connecting other Google services like calendars and contacts.

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