Google recently announced a new app called Google Duo, a simple 1-to-1 video calling app for everyone. The app is focused on giving users an easy-to-use and fuss-free way to video call their friends and families.
Available on Android and iOS, Google Duo “takes the complexity out of video calling”. With just a phone number, you can easily reach out to your friends; no separate account required. The interface is also very clean with no complicating buttons around – all you see is a full-screen view of the other person on the line and of course, a tiny circle on the corner that shows what the other person sees.
When receiving a video call on Duo, there is a “Knock Knock” feature on the app that lets you see live video of your caller before you answer so you can have a sense of what they are up to and why they want to chat. Google says that it will help make “video calling more spontaneous and welcoming”, and help “you connect with the person before you even pick up”.
Duo is built to be fast and reliable, so video calls connect quickly and work well even with poor connections. The call quality will adjust itself to the changing network conditions to keep you connected. Google Duo can also seamlessly switch between Wi-Fi and cellular data automatically without dropping your call.
Google Duo was first announced back in May at Google’s I/O 2016 event. The company is rolling the app for both Android and iOS and it will be available worldwide in the next few days. You can pre-register on the Play Store and Google will inform you when the app becomes available for us Malaysians.
Check out Google for more information.