17.8.16

Google Launches Video Calling App 'Duo' To Take On Apple's Facetime And Skype

Video calling apps have been there for ages now (from a technological standpoint). Skype, truly the pioneer in video calling, has become a household name for us. Especially for those who have family staying abroad. A number of others came with their own rendition of what an ideal video calling app should be like. Apple came up with Facetime that allowed Apple users connect with each other through video via WiFi or cellular networks. Google too, came out with Hangout but they were still lacking a simple, mobile-only video messaging app until now. Welcome, Duo. 

Google Duo
Google

What is it?

To put it in the simplest way possible, Google Duo is a 1-to-1 video calling app only available for Android and iOS. Keeping the UI (user interface) as clean as possible, Google takes pride in claiming that Duo takes the complexity out of video calling, keeping it as basic as possible. 
Google Duo
Google

How does it work?

Launching today and being rolled out in app stores worldwide over the next few day, Duo is pretty basic to set-up and use. When a user signs up, the app checks your phone number from the SIM and sends you confirmation text. That's it. Done. You would now be able to reach everyone on your phone's contact list. No separate account required, no remembering password nonsense either. Its simple interface might be exactly what attracts people. In fact, the app itself is a very simple and basic one that's meant to carry out one function, and do it well. You cannot use it for anything apart from your phone. You cannot make conference calls, or make funny Snapchat like faces. 
Google Duo
Google

It also claims to solve a major issue we face regularly.

No matter how advanced a video app is, one problem that's been constant, even in the most sophisticated of apps, is the issue of choppy video and call drops. The apps aren't to be blamed here. Our local internet and cellular connections are generally so bad that call drops and lags are something we have learnt to live with over the years and this is exactly what Duo promises to tackle. According to Google, Duo is built to be fast and reliable which makes sure the video works well even on slower networks like Indias. Even when the network connection is patchy, Duo reduces call resolution making sure the call goes on smoothly. It also switches from your cellular to WiFi seamlessly without automatically dropping your call. Claims that can be verified in India only after its official launch. 
Google Duo
Google

Knock Knock

Knock Knock is a standout feature of the app. In order to make video calls less of an intrusion and more of an invitation, Knock Knock lets Duo users see a live video of the called even before you answer their call. Just to give you a sense of what they are up to or why they are calling. I can totally see this becoming a source of entertainment in the near future, however. 
As the world talks about personal information being encroached on, Duo has taken the WhatsApp route as far as privacy and security are concerned. All calls exchanged on Duo are meant to be end-to-end encrypted.

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