If you are well- versed with the latest technologies there are few apps that are going to draw your attention constantly.
One of which is GOOGLE DUO.
This app has recently topped the chart for the most downloaded app in “Top Free in Android Apps”.
It’s entirely possible that this is just a temporary surge, but it’s nice to see that people are demonstrating interest right now.
Duo is a video chat mobile app developed by Google, available on both Android and iOS. It was announced at Google I’ll I/O on May 18, 2016.
Features supported by GOOGLE DUO can be enlisted as:
⦁ HD ⦁ 720p video
⦁ Optimized for low bandwidth mobile networks. Optimisation is further achieved through the degradation of video quality through monitoring network quality.
⦁ “Knock Knock” – an ⦁ Android-only feature which shows a live preview of the caller before the recipient picks up, which Google says is to “make calls feel more like an invitation rather than an interruption.
End-to-end encryption by default
Google Assistant support.
⦁ Use of phone numbers to allow users to easily call people from their contact list
Anyone with an Android device running 4.1+ can enjoy Google’s new video chatting app, regardless of their location.
Duo isn’t trying to revolutionize video calls, it just wants to approach them from a more modern perspective, one that builds on our smartphone-carrying habits, our needs for immediacy, and our disdain for complexity..
Once that foundation is built and trust is gained with users, we are sure Duo will start adding more traditional options and filling the gaps for a more demanding user base.
For Duo to work all you need is a phone number.
Once you’ve installed the app, all you have to do is agree to a couple of permission requests if you’re running Android 6.0 Marshmallow or above, then type your phone number.
Verification SMS will be sent to your phone
Duo should be smart enough to pick up the code from the SMS and input it inside the app. If not, you can always do it manually.
Once the code is there, you’re inside and looking at your own pretty face through the front camera window.
Part of what made Whatsapp so popular as a messaging client, and then again as a VoIP alternative, was the low-entry barrier (plus free price and multiplatform support)
If you wanted to send an SMS to someone, you must have had their phone number, which meant you could also contact them via Whatsapp — and for free.
Duo is using this same low-entry barrier for video calls.
Compared to Facetime, Skype, Hangouts, and many other services, setup is faster and simpler, and usage afterward is more straightforward. And yes phone numbers might be ripe for abuse and spam, but so are usernames and email addresses.
Simplicity carries through the interface
Duo consists of very few screens and menus. I’d wager the reason is that Google wanted to do less, but does it better. And it works.
Knock Knock doesn’t work for contacts you don’t have in your address book – a nice way to avoid unsolicited images from people you don’t know.
Duo understands that you might face some issues, so from time to time, it’ll ask you to rate your call and tell the team if something went wrong. It can also send call diagnostics back to them so they can better identify the issue. Encryption and phone number privacy
Privacy is more and more of a concern nowadays, so you should be happy knowing that Duo calls are all end-to-end encrypted. Where Google’s other communication app, Allo, will only offer that for private chats but not by default for all conversations, Duo doesn’t need any sorcery working in the background to serve you relevant information (Google Assistant) so it can be, and is, completely private.
Comparison with Facetime:
Duo will ring your phone for up to a minute before it gives up. When we tested this, Facetime rang a recipient for about half that time.
Duo promises a more crisp experience than other video messaging platforms, Google’s app also puts less emphasis on you during calls, so it’s easier to pay more attention to the other person. Duo shrinks the selfie view and docks it on the bottom left corner of the screen. When using Facetime, we had a greater tendency to look at ourselves via the selfie screen, which was more prominently placed in the top right corner.
Once a chat is underway, the Duo vs. Facetime experiences is more similar.
Like Facetime, Duo only has three options: mute audio, switch between front- and back-facing cameras, and ending the call.
Google says it is a part of the company’s plan to make Duo as simple as possible.
DUO HAS TO COMPETE ON ITS OWN MERITS
Duo does one-on-one video chat very well, which is what Google set out to make it do.