It seems like Google is focussing quite a lot on smartphones this year; first, we heard the rumors of Google’s own smartphone, and that in fact was true, after that, we also saw the introduction of some apps from Google for both Android and iOS, which google launched at this year’s I/O event. The company named their new video calling app as Google Duo.
With Microsoft’s Skype, and Apple’s Facetime, already dominating the market, it didn’t make much sense for Google to come up with its own video calling app unless it comes up with some revolutionary features. The idea of speaking to someone and watching them simultaneously has gotten so popular that even social messaging apps like WhatsApp, Hike, etc., have also launched this feature on their smartphone across all smartphone platforms. Anyway, let’s jump back to the topic and discuss the features of Google duo app, launched by Google for Android and iOS users.
Now, before we jump in and discuss the features of Google duo app, let us learn some other things about this new video calling application.
Google Duo: Android
If you are an Android user and your phone is running on Android 4.0 or lower version then sadly, you will not be able to run this application, the application supports Android v 4.1 (KitKat) and higher version. The Android file size of the Google Duo is around 12 MB, so compared to other video calling app, Google Duo doesn’t take too much space.
Google Duo: iOS
If you happen to be an iOS user, then you need to have a iOS device running iOS v 9.0 or higher version in order to run the Google Duo application. And, as far as the file size is concerned, the application takes around 44 MB.
With that being said, let’s talk about whether or not Google Duo is worth using, well you gotta think for once, Google launched the Duo because they know it could challenge all the existing dominating video calling app out there or else they would have never invested in such kind of app.
And that’s really the case; during testing the application, it seems to overcome both Apple’ Facetime and Microsoft’s Skype in terms of quality. Once the call starts, there is hardly any kind of drop, even in low-speed connection; the Google Duo seems to be a much better alternative
What makes Google Duo so easy to use is its interface, which might not be that good looking or complicated because it comes with a simple menu, which includes few buttons, but on the brighter side that’s what makes it so easy to use.
And, it’s not just the interface, the whole setup, and installation is quite simple. Once, you download this application and start the installation, all you need to do this give some permission to the app, and put up your phone number, a verification SMS will be sent to your phone, and that’s it you are done. Like other Video calling app, Duo doesn’t ask for any email or password, once you receive the code, it directly takes you to the interface. However, the only requirement is that the person you are calling must also have Duo installed on their smartphone.
Features of Google duo application:
The Google Duo comes with a lot of built-in features, which you should know about:
- Interface: As mentioned before, the simple interface of this application also seems to be a stronger point of this application.
- Knock Knock: Basically, this is a built-in feature, which you need to activate in order to use, once activated, the application will let you see the caller’s details through their Live preview screen just before they call.
- Superior Video Quality: This is another plus point of the Duo application, which also gives it an upper hand over its competitors. The video quality seems to be very good compared to the video quality which we get to see in Skype and Facetime.
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