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Introducing Google Duo

Introducing Google Duo

With all the fancy tech gadgets that we own these days, video calling should come as a natural medium for calling these days. Sadly, it doesn’t. Video calling can be the next best thing to being with someone in person but for the most part of it, due to several complications, whether it’s related to device usage, or the quality of the calls, or just the basic “I wonder if they use the same app or not”, video calls usually leave us quite frustrated. 

However, Apple users will not really complain about this because of their integrated Facetime feature built into their iOS. Android, on the other hand has always had a handful of video calling apps on the Play Store that never usually left much of a significance. 

Keeping that in mind, in order for Google to benchmark their stand on the whole matter of video calling, last Tuesday, on August 16, the search announced in a blog post that they had launched their own standalone and a very simple to use video calling app, named Duo. The app was announced at the Google I/O this year, alongside the messaging app Allo.

As Google says, “Duo - 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.”

From switching on the app to making a video call to ending it, Google Duo is the simplest app you’ll find. 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.

Like we mentioned earlier, in terms of bad call or connection quality, Duo wins the battle against the other available services on the Android Play Store or the iOS App Store. Duo was built to be fast and reliable so that video calls would 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.

One of the unique features of the app is that when you’re getting a call, you will see the caller's video before you even answer the call. Google has decided to name this feature Knock Knock.

Duo is available on both iOS and Android. So in case you were waiting for that perfect video calling app, well, it’s here. What are you waiting for? Go download it now!

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