Google rolls out video calling app

Alex Villafania, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 17 2016 01:35 PM

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Internet services giant Google is aiming to beat the likes of Apple and Microsoft in the video-calling arena with its own one-to-one video calling app.

The service is gradually being rolled out globally, although the app is not yet downloadable for users in the Philippines.

In a blogpost, Google said the Duo app is available on mobile phones that are running either Android or iOS operating systems. This is because the app requires the user to have a mobile phone number, which is similar to Viber, another video chat application.

Google claims that Duo would work even with slow Internet connections, adjusting the call quality depending on the network conditions. Furthermore, it said the app can switch from cellular data to Wi-Fi when available, without turning off the call.

Another feature of the new video call app is called “Knock Knock” wherein the recipient of the video call will be able to see first the caller’s video before activating his or her own video function.

Google is making another attempt to get into the video chat market, already dominated by Apple’s FaceTime, Viber, and Microsoft’s Skype.

The company does have a video chat service, integrated into their existing unified communications service called Hangouts.