Google has been rolling out consistently good applications over the years, and today, we have what we all like to call, the Google app suite. They have been targeting mainstream apps in various niche industries and developing their own alternatives, often distributed for free (Google Sheets, Google Docs, etc). One area that had always eluded them wad the voice and video calling domain.
The undisputed king of voice and video calling on a smartphone has been Facetime for a long time now. Google sought to give it a fight and the result was Google Duo.
Google Duo is a voice and video calling app from Google and is the direct and possibly the only real competition to Facetime at the moment. The concept is the same for both the apps – no nonsense voice and video calling. The little details are what sets Google Duo app apart.
Google Duo relies on your mobile number to run, rather than a google account. This is great for people who don’t necessarily want to pair their google account with another service.
Security-wise, Google Duo offers end to end encryption, which means only participants are privy to the content of the call. Google itself has no access to the content spoken to or sent during the call. We also have the ‘knock knock’ feature, which allows callers to see a video preview of the recipient before they accept the call.
How to Get Started with Duo –
Step 1. Download and install the Google Duo app on your smartphone. The app is free to download and use on both iOS and Android, so just head to the links given below and download the appropriate version