Duo the new video calling app by Google, which was available for download from a week ago. The experience with the new app is simply awesome and easy to use. There are lots of applications available for video calling such as; Facebook Messenger, Skype and many more. But Duo is completely different from others with its ‘Knock Knock’ feature, which will give you preview of the caller before you pick up the call.
Okay now let’s move. We are using the app from a week so, and really loved it’s simplicity and user friendly interface. Once you download and install, you have to sign in to the app with your mobile number. Which really awesome, there is no need of any username or email id and password.
After the sign in, you will be taken to the video calling function and your front facing camera will be on. You can find a video call button, just tap on it and you will able to see the whole contacts who are using the app, followed by the whole phonebook contacts you can invite them. After your first call you can be see the recent contact next to the video call button.
To make calls you have to tap on the photo of contact (the recent one), or tap the video call button and tap the contact name the video call will start. Simple isn’t?
Once the call is started, your preview will be a small circle at the left bottom of the screen along with few buttons. And rest of the screen will be filled with video of the recipient. The other buttons of the app are; Bluetooth icon if you are using Bluetooth headset. Camera switch button, which allows you to switch between front and back camera. A Mute button, and Red button to hang the call.
If you are at the end of the receiving the call you will see the preview of the caller which I already mentioned above and it is the main highlight of the app. As well as the network name on which you are connected for example, your wifi name. And if you missed the call you can see it in the notification panel with the options of video call and message. If you tap on the message you send SMS because Duo doesn’t support message feature.
Now let’s move to the calling experience, it’s really cool the call didn’t disconnected once and the sound quality of the app is clear even in the poor network. However, the quality of the video got blurred a little and little issue in sound too when the network switched. That’s not a big problem because the app is the early days.
The app also gives you privacy, by not giving the ‘Knock Knock’ feature to those who are not in your phonebook. Which means if an unknown call you the app will not give preview. You can also block numbers in the settings, and you can also disable the ‘Knock Knock’ feature. The Limit mobile data usage is enabled by default, so you don’t have to worry about your data.
The Duo app lacks many features like no audio call available and also can’t send message and stickers. But it’s good to use a single app which doesn’t do too many things.
So, what’s your thought about the Duo video calling app???
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