Google releases video messaging app Duo
Google finally releases one of the two messaging applications mentioned in this years Google I/O presentation. It has gotten a lot of people wondering why they released Google Duo without the text based messaging app Allo. Google Duo is the Android’s version of Apple’s Facetime, at least that’s what people are saying. Earlier this year we heard speculation on whether or not Apple would migrate their iMessage application to Android. Although we all thought it wouldn’t happen, it was nice to think about. Android is lacking on the seamlessly text message integration, we hope that Allo and Duo allows for a smoother, more consistent communication via text and video.
Duo opens with a split-screen view of your front-facing camera and a group of recently dialed contacts — it lets you see what you look like even before you place a call.
This is important because as soon as you dial a contact’s number, they’ll get a sneak peek of you in real time, even if they decide not to answer. Google calls this optional feature “Knock Knock,” and it acts like a digital peephole.
Knock Knock intends to give the receiver time to prep before picking up. Although Android users will be able to see this video preview on the lock screen, iPhone users will have to tap “Preview” first or be in the app.
Take up to a minute to pick up
Not sure if you want to pick up or are in another room? Duo will ring your phone for up to a minute before it gives up. When we tested this, FaceTime rang a recipient for about half that time.
Give the caller your undivided attention
Duo promises a more crisp experience than other video messaging platforms.
Google’s app also puts less emphasis on you during calls, so it’s easier to pay more attention to the other person. Duo shrinks the selfie view and docks it on the bottom left corner of the screen. When using FaceTime, users have a greater tendency to look at themselves via the selfie screen.