Google Duo: Video Calling By Google

While there are several video calling applications available already, more often than not the interface is fiddly and the entire experience becomes frustrating. From worrying about call connectivity to wondering whether the person you are calling has the same device as yours, the problems connected with video calling usually put you off the concept completely.

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Google recently launched its own video calling app Google Duo, which it claims removes all the difficulties of video calling. Whether you are an Android or an iOS user, Google Duo is an application that works across all interfaces. The only requirement is a mobile number.

With a simple user interface and a look that is minimalistic, Google Duo promises a fuss-free user experience right from beginning to end. You do not need an additional account to sign up and use the app. After you sign up all you need to do is tap on the contact and it immediately initiates the call. The homepage offers a list of your recent calls, as well as of your contacts.

When you do make a video call, you will see the other person’s image take up the entire screen, along with a small circle of your video in the corner. However if you would rather see what video you are transmitting, you can simply switch the viewing style. You can also switch cameras in the middle of a call.

Duo has been created to be an app that is not only fast but also reliable. This means that your video calls will connect quickly and work smoothly even on a slower network. While the quality of the call may adjust according to your available bandwidth, Google says that the adjustment in video quality will be smooth. You can even switch from using your mobile data and using WiFi, without having to end your call. This means that even while you are on the go, you can still stay connected to your video call.

Google has also included a preview feature in Duo, called Knock Knock. This feature allows the person you are calling to see a preview video of you in real-time, before they even answer the call. However if you do not want a person to be able to see you before you answer (your boss perhaps), you can simply choose to turn the Knock Knock feature off entirely.

Another important feature of Google Duo is the emphasis it has placed on your security and privacy. Unlike other video calling apps, Duo includes an end-to-end encryption system for all your calls.

Duo is an app that connects users across all platforms and with its features like data encryption, Knock Knock and the simple interface, it is an app worth using.

Picture courtesy – blogspot.com


by techtalks @TechTalks October 3, 2016 6:27 AM UTC

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