Meet Google Duo – a video calling app that is simply brilliant.

Move over FaceTime, there’s a new app in the house. Google has just launched Duo, a super cool app that takes the complexity out of 1-to-1 video calling. Check out the video below.

Video calling is the next best thing to being with someone in person, but too often it can be a frustrating or complicated experience. You shouldn’t have to worry about whether your call will connect, or if your friend is using the same type of device as you are.

Here’s what makes Duo cool:


Simple interface
Google has made simplicity a priority with Duo. To get started, all you need is your phone number and you’ll be able to reach people in your phone’s contact list. No separate account is required.

Fast and reliable
It sucks big time when a call fails to connect or when video gets choppy. Google has built Duo to be fast and reliable, so that video calls connect quickly and work well even on slower networks. Call quality adjusts to changing network conditions to keep you connected — when bandwidth is limited, Duo will gracefully reduce the resolution to keep the call going smoothly.

And the best part – Knock knock!
To make calls feel more like an invitation rather than an interruption, Google created a feature in Duo 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. Pretty neat, huh?

The icing on the cake is that Duo was built with an emphasis on privacy and security, and all Duo calls are end-to-end encrypted. We think Google Duo is awesome. Try it yourself today! Available for download on Android and iOS.

Anisha Sawant