Google Duo, one to one Video Calling App

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Google Duo — a simple 1-to-1 video calling app

Google Duo : On the occasion Indian Independence day (15 Aug 2016 IST), Google has launched a new video calling app Google duo, a one-to-one video calling app for Android and iOS. Google Official blog says “We’re beginning to roll out Duo for Android and iOS today, and it will be live worldwide in the next few days.” According to my experience I can say that its easy to handle, fast and reliable with simple design interface. Video calling is good but as Google already specified that its one-to-one video calling app, so no video conference calls can be enabled in Google Duo.

Getting Started with Google Duo

Getting started with Duo is as simple as getting started with other android apps. To get started with Duo, all you must have is a phone number, that is a working SIM. You can instantly begin a video call with a single tap once the Duo reach people in your phone’s contacts list. You don’t need to create a separate account, nor do you need a Google account. And no, Duo doesn’t use your Google account in any way, Google says. It must be clearly noted that one SIM for connection and only two persons can video chat simultaneously. The Apps runs on your Internet connection and its not 100% free, I mean you need Internet connection everytime you call someone.

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How does it work ?

First of all this app is currently available for both Android mobiles and iOS phones (iPhones). For Google Duo to work you must have a phone number, that means a phone required with working SIM and Internet pack. When you sign up, this app checks your phone number from your SIM and then sends you a confirmation code. Follow the instruction as said in confirmation text message and all done, you are now ready to video call to your friends. It’s tied directly to your contacts list and your phone number.

Google has designed Duo to be fast and reliable, so that video calls connect quickly and work well even on slower networks. Call quality adjusts to changing network conditions to keep you connected when bandwidth is limited, Duo will gracefully reduce the resolution to keep the call going smoothly. For video calls on the go, Duo will switch between Wi-Fi and cellular data automatically without dropping your call.


Watch a Demo Video by Google on Google Duo

From Google Side : Google made some sensible thing but sometimes interruption is interruption. To make calls feel more like an invitation rather than an interruption, Google 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.


Conclusion

According to FreePremium Team experience the App works great. Even with low speed internet connection the video call works very fluently. Video lagging due to fluctuations in Internet connections is overcome by Duo by reducing the resolution to keep the call going smoothly. But some features which we think must be enhanced like no to desktop, no to conference calling, no even to allowing the same account to work on multiple devices. Rest all is fine. Video calling is the next best thing to being with someone in person, but too often it can be a frustrating or complicated experience.

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