Google Duo is a video calling app trying to poke its way into the video calling space. No login is required for this app. It also offers encrypted communication and Google’s intelligent algorithms that will scale video quality to bandwidth.
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Installing the app is as simple as installing any other app. Once installed , you agree to the terms and conditions, enter your phone number, enter the confirmation code once received and then you will get started with this app. No need to remember username or password for this app.
Tapping on the video button throws up your contacts and then it will show those on Duo and those are not on Duo. you can invite them also or simply tap on the former to chat with them.
After installing the app I went ahead and decided to chat with my cousin for a while. He was on bus and on the move(signal varying between 3G and 4G). When i started talking the result was surprising . Even if the signal was not good , video was cutting during the process but audio remained mostly complete.
I was also pleasantly surprised by the fact that there was no noticeable lag in the audio and video streaming and conversation felt like they were happening in real-time.
My battery hit the 20 percent mark while chatting , the low battery notification popped up on my smartphone. At the same time , Duo offered to turn off video to conserve battery. This was a nice touch.
I am impressed. The app is very fast and responsive, setup was breeze and the calls were held very well. However I don’t know if i really need the app yet. All my friends are on Whatsapp and for whatever limited video calling I do ,Messenger and FaceTime have more than sufficient.
The total convenience of Duo might convince me to change my mind, but if Whatsapp were to get video calling, I doubt I will bother with something like Duo.