Google’s Duo video calling App rolling out worldwide
Google Duo was unveiled at Google I/O conference this year, now the video calling App is rolling out, Duo is a one to one video calling app, yes we’ve seen plenty of video calling app before Duo, but what makes Duo different is the Knock Knock features.
Knock Knock feature will allow you to see what caller’s live video before you actually answer the video call. Google says it “makes video calling more spontaneous and welcoming,” giving you a sense of what the caller is up to and why they want to chat.
“Today, we’re releasing Google Duo — a simple 1-to-1 video calling app available for Android and iOS,” the search giant said in the blog post. “Duo takes the complexity out of video calling, so that you can be together in the moment wherever you are.”
Duo is simple from start to finish. 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.
Fast and reliable
We all know how it feels when a call fails to connect or when video gets choppy. We’ve built Duo to be fast and reliable, so that video calls 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.
We designed Duo to feel warm and inviting, focused on just you and the person you’re calling. To make calls feel more like an invitation rather than an interruption, we created a feature in Duo called Knock Knock which lets you see live video of your caller before you answer, giving you a sense of what they’re up to and why they want to chat. Knock Knock makes video calling more spontaneous and welcoming, helping you connect with the person before you even pick up. Finally, we built Duo with an emphasis on privacy and security, and all Duo calls are end-to-end encrypted.
Google Duo is based on Phone numbers, just like Whatsapp and it can be connected via Wi-Fi and Mobile data.