Making calls, sending texts to people and acquaintances has become a natural habitat for humans these days. We all are busy connecting with new people every day. All of us are used to Instant Messaging apps which help us to connect out with people. In this age of Instant Messaging apps, Google is going to launch another of it’s mobile-only Instant Messaging apps. Google is releasing its new video calling app, Duo, this summer. Duo is lightweight and one of the fastest and simplest video calling app I’ve ever seen. Like its companion app – Allo, Duo too is mobile-only and does not support Windows and Mac systems. Google Duo uses your phone number as an identifier, and it works on both Android & iOS systems.
Make Faster Calls With Google Duo
The user-interface of Duo is so straightforward and user-friendly that it is beyond simplicity. If I went to describe the user-interface, it would be too silly of me. When you open the app for the first time, you are greeted with a selfie cam video preview of yourself. You check your hair, make sure you look all right, then tap one of the giant circled photos to make a call. You can scroll up to see more contacts. Video calling is simple in Duo; you call the person, the person on the other end of the line answers, and you are having a video chat! You can mute your microphone, flip your camera.
And that’s it! It just took 5 minutes for Google to show me the walkthrough of the app. When the walkthrough was over, Erik Kay, director of engineering, communications products, couldn’t help but point that out: “You noticed the demo was super short, and that’s because that’s all it needs to be.” The whole app on Android is around 5 megabytes in size.
Google has spent a lot of money and resources on the app under the hood. Google says it has spent lots of time optimizing the speed and latency of the app. The app works incredibly fast on slower connections too. Duo automatically adjusts the video and audio quality depending on the connection you’re on. But it also has one more trick — it’s able to handle your phone switching seamlessly from Wi-Fi to cellular and back again without dropping the call.
Google has a lot of technical and nerdy things it can tell you on how they achieved this. Duo optimizes webRTC and connects the calls using QUIC over UDP for a much faster initial end-to-end encrypted connection.
With its blazing fast speed, Duo is taking over Apple’s Face Time. Duo is much faster, and it is cross-platform. But Duo is mobile-only, and you will have to convince your friends and family to install it on their device. Amit Fulay, the group product manager of communications products, told us that “our team’s motto when we started the project was: performance is the feature, video is the UI.” And even though that might sound like some Silicon Valley speak, from what we saw of Duo, it was accurate. Compared to Skype or Google’s Hangouts, Duo is a breath of fresh air.
I hope you loved reading this article on how fast Google Duo app is. You can try out its premier version from the play store. The official app is going to be released this summer. So stay tuned until then. If you have any queries, feel free to start a discussion below and we will try to reach you as soon as possible.