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Google Duo

Video calling for iOS and Android

Can Google spring back from its social failures using a bare-bones video-calling app that unites iOS and Android customers? Now it is launching Duo, which lets you video get in touch with men and women one-on-one by way of their phone number.

The problem is they’ll need to download the app but won't get any bells and whistles or the capability to connect with Google Chat, Hangouts, Spaces, the upcoming Allo messaging solution, or Google’s Android SMS app. Google’s adding 1 more silo to its mess of communication apps.

Duo was announced at Google I/O in May well and rolls out globally today on Android and iOS 9 in 78 languages. It is going to be a really hard sell thinking of how late to market Duo is when compared with robust, sensibly intertwined solutions like Facebook Messenger and Apple’s iMessage/FaceTime.

The long-awaited answer to Apples Facetime

Google's new app, Duo, is really a simple video-calling service that is offered for Android and iOS these days. Alongside the upcoming messaging app Allo, it's a single of two communication apps Google announced earlier this year at its I/O conference, and one of 4 altogether in the corporation.

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Within a way, it really is Google's answer to Apple's FaceTime, and it makes one-to-one calling in between Android phones, and from Android to iPhone, really straightforward. Even though each parties must download the app to begin chatting (unlike FaceTime, that is baked in to the dialer of compatible iPhones), it's nevertheless an intuitive app to make use of.

And even though Android users will probably appreciate using Duo to video-call all their friends, iPhone owners will not obtain it compelling enough to ring up fellow iPhone users. On the other hand, it might undoubtedly turn out to be their go-to app when calling up a buddy who uses Android.