Earlier today Google launched its latest service, Google Duo in a strange bid to unite Android and iOS users. To explain what “Google Duo” is; It is a simple one to one video calling application. With zero sophistication and keeping it simple, Google has once again lived up to its reputation of always keeping it simple and not complicating things. Lets take a look at how to use Google Duo.
What is Google Duo?
Duo is a one-to-one video calling app for everyone – designed to be simple, reliable and fun so you never miss a moment.
Google in its first innings with Duo, has primarily focused on three major aspects!
- Keeping It Simple
- Speed and Reliability
- The Human Element
The word “Simple” has been exemplified in every way here by Google! For the first time you can open a Google released app, without the need of a Google Account. As you enter the application you’ll see the camera facing you. The app synchronizes with your general phone contact list and displays all the sets of people who are on the app and another list of your recent calls and frequent contacts. You can invite a person to video chat with you by sending him/her an invite through a text message.
Once the call starts, it goes full screen automatically thereby making it more clearer. Also if a person misses a call, they would get a notification.
Keeping of all that aside, the most attracting and standout feature of the app is the “Knock-Knock” feature. So what is this feature? This feature lets the recipient of a call see the caller before they accept and turn on their own camera. Progressing to a call can be “pretty random” since one doesn’t know if they’re lazing at home, in business mode at the office, or on the go. With Knock-Knock, as a recipient of the call you see them beforehand so you know their state of mind.
Like every other thing in this world, this application has its own plus points and its negatives.
Google has launched this product, quite late into the market. Therefore capturing people’s attention and trust to switch over is quite an overwhelming task. Also being a separate application and not being related to any of the other services offered by Google, The app becomes deserted from the family. Although downloaded, people are very unlikely to remember and use the app.
Duo’s best bet will be the developing world thanks to its optimization for poor network connections like 2G. It can automatically reduce video quality or switch to audio calling if there’s weak connectivity, and it can effortlessly switch between cell and Wi-Fi connections in mid-call without dropping.
Key Features (Summary):
- Simple Interface
- Knock Knock
- High Quality Video
Hope we have given you a crisp detailing on what the app is all about and what lies in store for it. Hope you enjoyed reading it and learnt How To Use Google Duo app.
We’ll keep this post updated with regard to all the latest developments with the app. Do post your valuable comments and queries in the section below, if you need us to help you out!
Google Duo app review:
Duo was a project that was initiated a couple of years back when the social media buzz began to increase engagement and people were more keen on talking face to face. Now since mobile phone’s are the favorite gadget of every individual out there, it would make sense to make things easier using mobile phones as a platform for everything. Although Google clearly needs to sort out the mess with the wide range of communication applications that they have released from their end. The project first saw light in the month of May, when Google released its press statement. The app rolls out globally today on both Android and iOS 9 platforms in 78 different languages.
Although not sophisticated, the first looks of the app suggests that the interface isn’t that attractive and features like group calling, video effects or text chat are all not available yet. To video call someone without the app, you will have to first share the link of the app via. a text message thereby inviting the other person to chat with another person. With Facebook’s Messenger and the kind of features offered on Skype it’s a tough ask for Duo to pick up in this market share.
Where can I download the Google Duo app?
You can download the Google Duo app HERE ( for both IOS and Android )
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