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Google Launched Duo to compete with FaceTime

Google Duo
Google Launched Duo to compete with FaceTime
Three months ago at its I/O developer conference, Google has announced the video calling app, Google Duo with aim to take the "complexity out of video calling."

After three months of the announcement, tech giant Google has launched its video calling app, Google Duo, for Android and iOS users, which will compete with apps like FaceTime and Skype, a new video chat app that works exclusively on phones.

While launching the App, Google Group Product Manager Amit Fulay said "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."

So the next big question comes in our mind, How Google Duo works? It's available on both Android phones and iPhones. When you sign up, the app checks your phone number from your SIM and then sends you a confirmation text. That's the whole setup process — there are neither accounts to create nor friend list to maintain. It's tied directly to your contacts list and your phone number. 

Other than the limitation of mobile only option, it's also unable to make conference calls, put Hangouts-style funny pirate hats on your head during a call, or offer just about any other fancy feature you might expect from a video conference app.

Google has introduced a new feature 'Knock Knock' that allows people to see live video of the caller before they answer, helping users connect with the person even before they even pick up. "Duo has been built to be fast and reliable, so that video calls connect quickly and work well even on slower networks.

For those worried about people hijacking their screen with a video feed while they're at dinner or a meeting, a few notes to ease your mind. First, Knock Knock only works with people you already have saved in your contacts — so random people won't show up. Second, you can block a caller if you like — but take note that since Duo doesn't have its own independent friends list, blocking a caller on Duo blocks them everywhere. Last, you can turn the feature off entirely if you don't like it and for all those who love security, all Duo calls are end-to-end encrypted.

One of the greatest features of Google Duo, Duo can switch between Wi-Fi and cellular data automatically without dropping the call. So even if you move out from your home wi-fi range and switch to mobile data your call will not be dropped. 

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