Internet giant Google has launched a video chat app, Google Duo, to compete with Skype and Apple’s FaceTime.
(CCM) — Google has finally launched its latest product, Google Duo, a video calling app for Android and iOS users. Aiming to compete with well-established programs like Skype and FaceTime, the company announced the product three months ago at its I/O Developer Conference, promising to take the "complexity out of video calling." Google Duo allows users to connect in a video call using only their phone numbers, and it ensures end-to-end encryption to reinforce privacy and security. The company has also introduced to the platform a new feature, called Knock Knock, which allows the receiver to see live video of the caller before answering and connect with the person even before picking up, Amit Fulay, Google Duo's Product Manager said in a statement.
Most significantly, Duo has been designed to switch between using WiFi and using mobile data to support calls without dropping them. "Duo has been built to be fast and reliable, so that video calls connect quickly and work well even on slower networks. In places like India, it has been designed to adapt to the network connectivity conditions. [When the connection is weak,] Duo will gracefully reduce the resolution to keep the call going smoothly," Fulay added. The app is expected go live worldwide over the next few days.
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