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
Duo on iOS – Click Here
Duo in Android – Click Here
Step 2. Accept the Google Terms and Conditions that appear on a new window.
Step 3. Allow Duo to access your contacts, microphone, and camera.
Step 4. Verify your mobile number.
Step 5. Enter the one time password that you will receive on the registered number in the OTP bar.
Step 6. The Google Duo app will now take you to the home screen.
How to Start a Voice or Video Call on Duo –
Step 1. In the search bar, type in the name of the person you want to call.
Step 2. Click on the contact. A new pop-up window will open.
Step 3. In this pop-up window, tap on ‘Voice Call‘ or ‘Video Call‘.
The call will now be initiated.
As you can see, Google Duo on the mobile phone is one of the simplest apps to use and offers you a guaranteed bang for the buck experience.