Duo, Google's FaceTime alternative, is starting to roll out on Android and iOS

Nearly five years after Apple launched FaceTime for iOS, Google has decided it's time for its own standalone 1-on-1 video chat app: meet Duo. Google Duo is a dead simple and no-frills video chat application that is starting to roll out to customers today, and will become available globally within the next couple of days.

The essence of Google Duo is summed up in its four main, stand-out features: it's simple and reliable, it's encrypted and secure, it has a smooth minimalist interface that fades away, and it supports HD video and audio.

So how does Google Duo work? To sign up for the app, you have to provide your phone number, and then all you need to call someone is their phone number (if they use the app, of course). The chief advantage over FaceTime is the fact that Google Duo is compatible with both iOS devices, and Android phones, while FaceTime is still limited to working just on Apple's platform.

Download Duo on the Google Play Store | Apple App Store (or wait a few days until it becomes available in your market)

source: Google



1. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

But if you still have to launch an app, you might as well use Skype.

2. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Wish Google just stick, commit to an app, and provide continuos support. There are alternatives, but nothing looks as good, consistent, and refine as FaceTime.

8. Unordinary unregistered

That what causes me to be very cautious about Google services. They roll out more services than they can count, and discontinue just as fast. They should have just fixed Hangouts.

3. Babadook

Posts: 230; Member since: May 24, 2016

Can you switch the camera from front facing to rear facing?

16. vincelongman

Posts: 5745; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Yep, you can See pic 6 in this article There's a button for switching cameras

4. MKeditor

Posts: 97; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

How is this different that a Google hangout? Hopefully it's easier to get receive notification that someone is calling you.

5. HumbleJ06

Posts: 101; Member since: Aug 10, 2015

Sounds more like the eventual replacement for Google Hangouts than an app to take on FaceTime. In my opinion the app to take on FaceTime has been WhatsApp since WhatsApp is used by iOS and Android users already.

10. kaintae

Posts: 98; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

what about the whole video calling part?

13. Atrixboyyy

Posts: 613; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

LMFAO I don't think they understand that part

6. IT-Engineer

Posts: 568; Member since: Feb 26, 2015

Is it free calls over Wifi like viber, or does it cost money?

7. Babadook

Posts: 230; Member since: May 24, 2016

Free over Wifi :) (Just need a phone number and you're good to go)

9. Unordinary unregistered

So it's like Hangouts/Skype/FaceTime/every other video chat app except it works on fewer devices, has fewer features, fewer users, and requires a tie into a phone number rather than the option for an anonymous account-- or even for that matter your existing google account. Why the heck would I ever use this?

11. pankajxdx unregistered

People thought the same for Whatsapp, facebook, etc when they were still new to the party.

12. Babadook

Posts: 230; Member since: May 24, 2016

It's more useful than Facetime in the sense that it works on BOTH Android and iPhone devices. Plus it has intelligent computing for weak/diminishing signals, etc. Plus it's very easy to use. "works on fewer devices" - False

15. Unordinary unregistered

Until its used by more people than the millions facetiming every day, then I stand corrected. Should have revamped Hangouts.

14. kryme

Posts: 469; Member since: Oct 24, 2013

They should make it built in for android n and an app for marshmallow and less

17. govind_dheda

Posts: 22; Member since: Aug 17, 2016

Google's Duo video calling app download and more feature...themobileupdates.com/news/google-launche​s-duo-video-calling-app-for-android-and-ios-appear​-to-take-on-facetime/

18. PrasantaShee

Posts: 7; Member since: Nov 25, 2017

Google Duo is a very good video calling app in addition to R-HUB HD video conferencing servers, webex, gomeetnow etc.

19. PrasantaShee

Posts: 7; Member since: Nov 25, 2017

In addition to Google Duo video chat application, you may try other video conferencing apps like webex, R-HUB HD video conferencing servers etc. for all your online video conferencing needs. They work well.

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