Google releases Duo video-calling app for Android and iOS, but not available in India yet

Google has started rolling out its Duo video messaging app in a phased manner for Android and iOS users. But it hasn’t arrived in India yet.

After announcing Duo at I/O 2016 earlier this year, Google has today started rolling out the video messaging app to users on Android and iOS. Duo messenger is Google’s take on Apple’s FaceTime and Microsoft’s Skype, and its USP is its simplicity. The app is being rolled out in a phased manner, but at the time of filing this story it isn’t available in India.

Google’s Duo is a one-to-one video calling app based on your phone number. In essence, one can simply tap on a person’s face in the contact list that will initiate a one-on-one video call much like how Apple’s FaceTime works. While the app may not have some of the popular features like conference calls, or the ability to superimpose filters on your face, the idea here is to keep things simple. Here’s a look at some of the unique features of the Duo app.

Interface: With simplicity the key theme here, it is very easy to setup the app and start using it. There is no need to create an account, and instead a phone number is all that is needed. Enter your phone number in the sign up page and you will get a confirmation text, which will complete the process.

Knock Knock: One of the highlight features of Duo is Knock Knock. This feature basically starts the live video stream of the caller before you even answer. Strangely, this feature doesn’t work on iOS at the moment.

Speed: Google says that the app works seamlessly even if you are in spotty network coverage. The app checks the network quality multiple times every second, and it can tweak the video resolution to ensure that the call is not interrupted. The app also has the ability to switch between cellular and Wi-Fi network if needed.

Secure: Google has reiterated that it is serious about security and privacy. Every call is end-to-end encrypted.


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