Google’s video chatting app Duo is available in the UAE.
The app is Google’s answer to other popular video calling options, such as FaceTime, Skype and Facebook Messenger.
7DAYS.ae downloaded the app via the Android and Apple stores and tried it out between phones running off the different operating systems.
Duo isn’t much different from the other VOIP services, except that it gives a glimpse at who is making the call, helping the recipient decide whether to answer. Google calls this feature, “Knock, knock”.
Using the app is quite easy and works smoothly on both iOS and Android smartphones. It only needs a person’s phone number to connect and start a video call.
The video and audio quality is quite clear as well. However, the connection is dependant on the internet connection.
Some VOIP services, such as Skype, have been restricted in the past by telecom service providers in the UAE, who are concerned about the impact on their profits.
Google has been offering video calling through its Hangout feature for several years, but the internet company is now tailoring that service for business meetings.
Duo is being billed as a simpler, more reliable way to see friends and family as you talk to them.
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