Google is awfully late to the play table, but the giant company has just released a Facetime or Skype like app for the iPhone, as well as Android-operated devices. Simply called Google Duo, this is a video calling app that’s extremely lightweight and easy to use but, as I said already, it might have arrived a bit too late because everybody’s using Skype, Facetime or other similar apps for video calling.
The app has some interesting features, though, and its simplicity might win some instant users, but only time will tell if it will be indeed successful and if it will manage to win over all the Sype and Facetime users.
One of the best features of Google Duo is that it works on both Android and iOS-operated devices, meaning that you can call somebody owning an Android device even if you own an iPhone (and vice versa). The app also has crystal clear, encrypted calls and a great feature is that it adapts video quality based on the speed of your connection: therefore, you might see a drop in image quality, but you will still be able to video chat with your friends, which is a big plus.
It also comes with an interesting feature called Knock Knock which allows you to see live video from the caller before you answer the phone. This is probably to save you from embarrassing moments in case the friends that are calling are not very close friends and they might have other plans or things to show you, completely different from what you might want to see. Ahem.
All in all, Google Duo is a minimalist, lightweight and extremely good video calling app for Android and iPhone, but it’s up to the company to market it well and have people actually give it a try and switch from the apps they’ve been using for years now. Will Google manage to do that? Well, I can’t say for sure, but you can definitely give the app a try by downloading it for free on the App Store here or Google Play here.
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