Back at Google I/O there was a huge amount of chatter of Google Duo. Google Duo is the company’s latest communication app, a 1-to-1 video calling app that looks like it wants to replace Facetime on iOS and is certainly intended to kill Google Hangouts. A lot of the talk swirling around in the Google+ community was about how Google’s communication apps were getting to be a few too many. Some have speculated that Google Duo and Google Allo are polished apps that are designed to integrate with the Google ecosystem better and replace all current Google communications apps.
Whatever Google has planned for Duo and Allo, Duo is at least rolling out now to users. I’m sure within a few hours the APK will be floated around for side-loading on Android at least, iOS users will have to wait until it shows up in the App Store.
Today, we’re releasing Google Duo — a simple 1-to-1 video calling app available for Android and iOS. Duo takes the complexity out of video calling, so that you can be together in the moment wherever you are.
Duo is simple from start to finish. To get started, all you need is your phone number and you’ll be able to reach people in your phone’s contacts list. No separate account is required, so you can sign up in just a few steps. From there, you can instantly begin a video call with a single tap.
We all know how it feels when a call fails to connect or when video gets choppy. We’ve built Duo to be fast and reliable, so that video calls connect quickly and work well even on slower networks. Call quality adjusts to changing network conditions to keep you connected — when bandwidth is limited, Duo will gracefully reduce the resolution to keep the call going smoothly. For video calls on the go, Duo will switch between Wi-Fi and cellular data automatically without dropping your call. You can start your call at home, and continue seamlessly even when you head out the door.
Finally, we built Duo with an emphasis on privacy and security, and all Duo calls are end-to-end encrypted.
Google Duo should be rolling out to both the Google Play Store and Apple App Store over the next few days so check them if you’re excited about getting this app. Have you used Google Duo yet? What did you think? Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.Source: Google