Image Credit: Google
Image Credit: Google
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Google on Monday launched Google Duo, a one-to-one video calling app for Android and iOS users.

Justin Uberti, Principal software engineer at Google writes in a blog that, Duo is mobile-only, was built to be very fast thanks to Web Real-Time Communication, and takes on the complexity out of video calling. The video calling app promises fewer dropped calls, and even supports handing off calls to and from Wi-Fi and cellular connections.

Venture Beats reports that, Duo was unveiled during the Google’s I/O 2016 developer conference and made available in beta versions, with a promise for a summer launch.

The video calling app features a ‘Simple Interface‘, all you need is your phone number and you’ll be able to reach people in your phone’s contacts list, and it’s also ‘Fast and Reliable‘, calls connect quickly and work well even on slower networks.

According to Google, for video calls on the go, Duo will switch between Wi-Fi and cellular data automatically without dropping your call.

And Finally the ‘Human Design‘ feature, the app has a we created a feature called Knock Knock which lets you see live video of your caller before you answer, giving you a sense of what they’re up to and why they want to chat.

Duo was built with an emphasis on privacy and security, and therefore all Duo calls are end-to-end encrypted.

To get started with Duo
All you need is your phone number and you’ll be able to reach people in your phone’s contacts list. No separate account is required, so you can sign up in just a few steps. From there, you can instantly begin a video call with a single tap.

You can download Duo from Google Play and App Store though you may have to wait a bit as this is a gradual roll out — “it will be live worldwide in the next few days.”