Video calling is particularly useful for seeing your loved ones when you can’t physically be there with them, and the majority of smartphone users (or anyone with a laptop made within the last 7 years or so) has likely had a video chat with someone. Oh, and I guess it’s good for business and other stuff, too.
That said, Google have decided to get in on the game by releasing an app called Google Duo, which is “a simple 1-to-1 video calling app” for Android and iOS. Apparently, Google Duo “takes the complexity out of video calling,” whatever that means.
The nice thing about it is that you don’t need create a separate account for it, as it just uses your phone number to reach those in your contacts list. The interface is supposed to work on slower networks and will adjust the quality to changing network connections to ensure that your call doesn’t end abruptly when bandwidth is limited. It can also switch automatically between Wi-Fi and cellular data without dropping your call.
There’s also a little feature called Knock Knock that lets you see live video of the caller before you decide whether or not you want to answer it. So if they’re naked and you’re not about that then you can put a stop to it right thur. Finally, and most importantly, all Duo calls are end-to-end encrypted.
Another video calling app, yaaaayyyy! Thanks, Google!