Once again Google is ready to ruling over internet with its new app Google Duo and just after the two days of it roll out it became most popular and number 1 free app in playstore. This video chatting app has proven to be extremely popular with Android users. In addition, it is now possible to use Duo in any country (well, any country that Google provides its services to).
In the Play Store’s “Top Free in Android Apps” chart, Duo currently sits in the top spot, ahead of other free apps such as Facebook Messenger, Pokémon, Facebook, Snapchat , YouTube Music, and Instagram. It’s entirely possible that this is just a temporary surge, but it’s nice to see that people are demonstrating interest right now.
Anyone with an Android device running 4.1+ can enjoy Google’s new video chatting app, regardless of their location.
Its look like that Google’s answer to Apple’s FaceTime, and it makes one-to-one calling between Android phones, and from Android to iPhone, very simple. Though both parties have to download the app to begin chatting .
Duo’s unique feature is Knock Knock, which gives you a preview of who is calling by firing up the camera on the other end of the line. If you’re initiating the call, you’ll see a little notice that says your video is visible, which means the other person can see what you’re doing right at that moment in real time. Android users can see Knock Knock regardless of whether Duo is opened or not.
On the iPhone though, you’ll only see it if you’re in the app. Otherwise, you’ll just get a little notification saying someone’s calling you.
Not only this you can also disable this Knock Knock option Before you worry about seeing anything you don’t want to see from the other line, know that you can only receive Knock Knocks from people who are already in your contact list. You can also block individual people from calling you. (By the way, when you block a person on Duo, the person won’t know it. When they call, they’ll just hear your line ring and ring continuously.)
It is totally different than Google’s Hangout. Duo is supposed to be way more specialized. It does one thing and one thing only: video calls on your phone or tablet.
Whereas Hangouts can be used on desktops, supports messaging and group chats, and has multiway video for collaboration (and its interface reflects these extra features).
Hopefully you will like it and will enjoy your calling on it.