Google Duo – Can this New App Take on FaceTime?
Android finally has an answer to Apple’s “FaceTime video calling” application. After six years of release of FaceTime in the digital market, now Google is ready to compete with FaceTime. Google has recently launched Google’s Duo video calling application for all platforms possible.
Without a doubt Google has created something very impressive for Android users. Duo is a pure video calling application that consist of all the basic features of a video app you can think of.
Duo has an amazing user interface to notice. It has a simpler user interface as compared to faceTime. Duo presents its home screen with your image and a big video calling option; if you press that button you’ll notice the contact list of people who you can call via Duo.
And if we talk about Apple’s FaceTime then let me remind you all that FaceTime can be done only through your address book. It is for sure time consuming and not at all creative.
Knock – Knock is a feature that everyone is talking about. If we notice this feature then for sure, you’ll not find anything near to it on any application till now.
Knock – Knock offers its users a preview of the caller before even they pick up the call. The recipient can watch a live view of the person he/she is calling. This enables the receivers to see who is calling and for what reason. Knock Knock is the most amazing facility given by Google Duo.
Similar to any other video calling application, Duo also provides a small window of your own picture. While chatting with a friend on Duo you can adjust yourself on the screen. This small window is available in Google Hangout, Skype and FaceTime as well.
Unlike FaceTime, Duo allows its customers to connect with friends & family on cross platform also.Thus, users can call any of their dear ones on their Apple, Microsoft, BlackBerry or Android devices. It is very easy to use and simple to understand.
Duo runs on WiFi and 3G/4G cellular networks. The audio or video calling quality again depends on your internet connection. Duo adjusts the quality of the video according to your internet connection so that you don’t loose out the connection with your friend.
FaceTime users get a video call ring for approximately half a minute whereas, Duo possibly provides you a ring for around a good one minute. And if by chance you fail to answer the call it will also send you and the receiver a notification for call missed.
Duo as I said earlier is quite an interesting and useful application. It not only allows you to make your video calling experience amazing but also let’s you access through it smoothly. You don’t have to worry about its login or registration. Like WhatsApp, Duo only asks for your mobile number and a verification code number. That’s it! Now you are ready to work on it.
Definitely safety is the most essential part of your video calling. While most of the video calling apps are quite unsafe, Duo provides fully encrypted calling which neither anyone can look at nor the Duo team and study. You can trust on the application for your video calling security.
It is hats off to Google for creating such an amazing application for all the users across the globe. But we can see a few hang ups in the application; without WiFi the app does not work properly as well as you can have a little hiccups while you are on a video call. Otherwise, Duo is definitely an interesting application to use on your devices. Google should definitely release it as an in built application for Android mobiles.
Swati Sharma is a tech-avid blogger and author at various publishing houses. She blogs at BloomTimes where she writes about apps, gadgets, operating systems and much more.