Google has reportedly started advertising for its video-calling app Duo. Android Police, which first spotted the ad on Google’s homepage, put out a screenshot of the same. “If you visit the Google homepage at the time of writing, you can see a text banner that reads – Face-to-face with just a tap. Try Duo, simple video calling for Android and iOS,” the report said.
Google Duo was launched was first announced at the annual I/O conference in 2016 along with Allo (a new messaging app). It was made available on August 18. Duo is up against established video-calling apps like Skype and Facebook Messenger; and it is only logical that Google is advertising to get more people on-board. Google Duo was downloaded by over 5 million users on Play Store, just within a week of its launch. Google CEO Sundar Pichai announced the same in a tweet, “Google Duo now over 5M Android downloads in a week.”
The highlight of Google Duo is its network efficiency. Google’s Product Manager says “our app is reliable across networks, and works across platforms. So if your network is not that good, it will adjust the video definition accordingly, and Duo is smart enough to adapt to these conditions.”
Google’s Duo UI is pretty easy to use. Users to log in via their mobile number. The app allows users to call other people by simply typing for a contact. In our review, we said as a concept, Duo’s bare minimal interface works in its favour. You open the app, and your front video camera is already on. Also, Duo is end-to-end encrypted for all calls.