Last May at Google I/O, the company announced a new video calling app, Google Duo. That app was promised at some point this summer and today it has hit the Play Store as a free download. The app lets you place a video call to any of your contacts who have Duo and provides a seamless and great video experience. One of the key features of the app is that it gives a video preview of the person who is calling or you are calling so you can see who it is and what they may be wanting to have a video call with you about before you answer.
In order for you to use Duo, you have to have a contact who is also using the app. This is a similar type requirement to Facebook Messenger or Apple’s FaceTime apps. Once both parties have it
installed, you can place and receive calls to them with a touch. The UI for Duo is very simple with a large image of you with a large call button at the bottom. Tap that, select the contact you want to call and off you go. Sweet and simple.
Give it a try and see what you think. And for those who are curious, no, Google Allo, the new message app, hasn’t launched. Yet. 🙂