Bangalore, August 16, 2016: Ever since Microsoft acquired Skype, Google has been without its own video calling tool. Now it seem to be back in the game – with the announcement today of a new and simple 1-to-1 video video calling app Google Duo .
Duo competes by taking the complexity out of video calling and make it completely mobile phone centred unlike Skype that was basically email account to account : All you need is your phone number and you’ll be able to reach people in your phone’s contacts list across device types and platforms. No separate account is required, so you can sign up and start calling in just a few taps. From there, you can instantly begin a video call with a single tap.
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.
The roll out of Duo for Android and iOS goes live worldwide this week, starting with India.
In keeping with its lighter approach, it allows people to see live video of the caller before they answer, giving you a sense of what they’re up to and why they want to chat. Knock Knock as the feature is called, makes video calling more spontaneous and welcoming, helping users connect with the person even before they even pick up.
Says Amit Fulay, Group Product Manager, Google: “ In places like India, it has been designed to adapt to the network connectivity conditions. We hope to make the experience of video calling more personal, inviting easy and smooth.”