Google launches “Duo” to take on Apple Facetime

How cool it is to video call and speak to somebody who is living miles away! I would say that video calling is the next best thing to being with someone in person. Initially, it was Microsoft’s Skype and then came Apple’s Facetime followed by Facebook Messenger and now we have “Duo”!

How to use Duo?

Duo can be downloaded on all Andriod and iOS smartphones. The best part about using Duo is that you don’t have to go through the lengthy process of creating an account and signing in. All you need is your phone number and you will be able to reach people in your phone’s contact list. It’s as easy as that!

Google Duo Download

While Duo is available on both Apple and Android devices, it does not allow users to communicate with desktop users-another factor differentiating it from Facebook messenger and iMessage.

Google Duo Features

Google has introduced a new feature called “Knock Knock” that shows live video from your contact list on the incoming call screen before you even answer the call. To ensure privacy and security Google notes that “all Duo calls are end-to-end encrypted”. Google also claims that its new video app is optimized for the mobile experience, and can seamlessly switch between Wi-Fi and cellular connections without the call dropping. Further the company claims that the video quality will “gracefully reduce” to maintain the call.

Duo is available in the US now and will be available worldwide in the next few days.

Google is also preparing to unveil a new messaging app called “Allo” featuring a robotic assistant that will suggest automated responses to texts.

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Mani Karthik

As an NRI (Non-Resident Indian), I've lived in the USA, India & Middle East for over a decade, in over 6 cities like Mountain View, Dubai, San Jose, Fort Lauderdale, Kochi, and Chennai. I've worked for small and big companies and recently started my own startup. On this blog, I share everything I've learned in life, living abroad as an NRI with my roots in India. Everything from personal finance to immigration. I'm on a mission to help all NRIs return to India. WhatsApp me at +001-408-489-4785 if you have questions.

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