New ‘Google Duo App’: The 1-to-1 Video Calling App For Both Android And iOS With Unique Features

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The Google Duo app?was introduced at the annual I/O event organized by the search giant in May 2016. Following the announcement, this app was immediately listed in the Play Store. However, only pre-registration was allowed.

But now, Google has started rolling the app out in selected regions. A global rollout is expected very soon alongside another app called ?Allo,? based on AI-enhanced text messaging.

Google Duo is a video chat app developed as a messenger for smartphones, which is similar to Apple?s?FaceTime. It uses the phone number and allows you to strike a conversation with your contacts that have the Duo app installed. To top it off, this app is available for?both Android and iOS.

Out of all the features, the most interesting and unique one is “Knock Knock.” With this feature, when you get a call in your Android handset, your screen will show the live video of the caller even before you answer it. This is a way to let you see who?s giving the call, without you having to look for the name or number. Sadly, this feature is available only for Android device users. In case, you find this feature irritating, you can switch it off via settings.

The first thing that comes to anyone?s mind when using the Google Duo app is the simplicity and the easy flow of navigation. Moreover, Google has apparently used a technology called WebRTC. This enables the app to automatically alter the quality of the call up or down based on the internet connection quality,?The Verge noted.

In any case, Google Duo app will have to face the competition from the already established apps like the Facebook Messenger, Snapchat, FaceTime and its own Hangouts. And no,?Google isn?t retiring the Hangouts yet. Also, Google may not be pre-installing the Duo app in all the upcoming new smartphones with?Android 7.0 Nougat on board.

The Verge apparently asked Google about how they are planning to get users for the new app. This question is important because we have very similar apps available in the market. The answer received by them was — “We’re focused on building great apps that people love and distribution will follow that.” Well, that sounds very optimistic. But, we are not sure if this is enough to make users lineup behind Google Duo.

Nevertheless, the search giant?s immense interest in bettering the video chatting experience, with such a strong competition staring right at them, deserves appreciation.

Check out the new video explaining the Google Duo app: (Video Credit: YouTube/Google)


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