Google Launches 'Duo' App in Bid to Make Video Calling Simpler

Google is hoping the simplified experience will prove popular with users.

— -- Stand aside FaceTime and Skype. There’s a new video chat app in town.

Google is billing the new app as a simplified alternative to video chat apps already on the market, saying it “takes the complexity out of video calling.”

The internet search giant has already been in the video calling business for some time with its Google Hangouts App.

However, at its Google I/O conference in May, the company said that it would be launching the video app as well as a text messaging app dubbed Allo, to compete with the likes of WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger.

Allo has not yet launched, and Google has not set a date.

Also setting it apart from other apps is a feature Google is calling “Knock Knock,” which shows the call’s receiver a live video of the incoming caller.

Google also claims that its new video app is optimized for the mobile experience, and can seamlessly switch between Wi-Fi and cellular connections without the call dropping. Further, the company claims that the video quality will “gracefully reduce” to maintain the call.

Duo is available in the United States now, and Google says that it will be available worldwide “in the next few days.”

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