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Google launches Duo video calling app

Google has launched its anticipated video calling app Duo. Duo was announced at Google I/O in May and has rolled out on Android and iOS 9, worldwide. Screenshot_20160817-112550.png

Duo works by video calling via phone numbers and for now that’s all it does. Most of the app is straightforward and simple, with not a lot of features or functionality. One thing users get is knock knock, which lets the recipient of a video call see the caller. This means you can see them real time of course and will help you understand where they are and if, in some cases, who they are with, and may also help users identify other situations before taking the call.

it’s not connected to Hangouts, Spaces, SMS, or any other Google App. Which might make it more inconvenient. Rather than having everything located in one single app, users now will have to navigate between apps.

Most of the app is straightforward and simple, with not a lot of features or functionality. One thing users get is knock knock, which lets the recipient of a video call see the caller. This means you can see them real time of course and will help you understand where they are and if, in some cases, who they are with, and may also help users identify other situations before taking the call.

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With many competitors such as Facebook Messenger, Skype, Apple’s iMessage and FaceTime, Duo might have a hard time breaking into a developed market. Though a strong side for the app might be its optimization of network connectivity. The app can lower video quality or switch to audio only calling based on the strength of the signal, and can switch between data and Wi-Fi connections mid-call.

On another note, Hangouts will be shifting to enterprise with the coming of Allo. There will be a lot of change coming to Google and its users.

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