Simple and easy to use.
That’s how Google’s selling its new video-calling app, Duo, as it prepares to go head-to-head with Apple’s popular FaceTime. The app, launched earlier this week, works on both iOS and, naturally, Android.
Google is hoping to cash in on both Duo’s simplicity and the fact it operates on both systems noting users don’t have to worry about complexity or what type of device the friend they’re trying to connect with is using.
“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,” explained Google principal software engineer Justin Uberti in a blog post.
One of the nice features about Dup is how it manages call quality. Quality adjusts based on network conditions to ensure the connection remains and virtually eliminating concerns over dropped calls. Throughout a call Duo manages to change resolution – automatically – so the call remains seamless.
“To make calls feel more like an invitation rather than an interruption, we created a feature in Duo called Knock Knock which lets you see live video of your caller before you answer, giving you 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,” Uberti stated.
Having officially launched Monday, Google said Duo should be available worldwide “in the next few days.”