Video calling is the next best thing to stay in ttouch with your near and dear. But, at times it is frustrating when a call don't connect or drops, or when a video gets choppy.
"Google Duo"—a simple 1-to-1 video calling app is launched as on today, that works across Android and iOS.
The Duo is buit with an emphasis on privacy and security, and "all Duo calls are end-to-end encrypted," noted Google.
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."
You can sign up and start calling in just a few taps. From there, you can instantly begin a video call with a single tap.
"Knock Knock" in Duo. make the calls feel more like an invitation rather than an interruption. The feature lets you see live video of your caller before you answer. So, you can get a sense of what they're up to and why they want to chat.
Knock Knock makes video calling more spontaneous and welcoming, helping you connect with the person before you even pick up.
On Duo, video calls connect quickly and work well even on slower networks.
The app automatically adjusts the call quality with the changing network conditions. "To keep you connected -- when bandwidth is limited, Duo will gracefully reduce the resolution to keep the call going smoothly," the company said.
In addition, for the 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.
It will be live worldwide in the next few days.
Also announced at this year's Google I/O developer conference was "Allo", which the company said will be a instant messaging app for regular users.
Allo is set to launch soon. A exec now revealed that both of these new apps would be consumer oriented, while Hangouts would evolving for business users.
In an interview, Google's VP of communication products, Nick Fox talked about Hangouts' coexistence with the company's new apps said:
Since, Duo and the upcoming Allo app do not use a Google account, these apps would be the main communication apps for consumers.
Hangouts, on the other hand, depends on a Google account and will be integrated in better ways with the company's productivity offerings such as Gmail, Calendar, Drive, Docs and others.