Google unveils Duo: a new video calling app that shows you what the caller is doing before you take the call

Google is bringing its focus back on the essentials: after unveiling Google Photos, the ultimate gallery app for Android, last year, this time around, it's unveiled a new messenger called Allo. Along with it, comes Duo: another app that goes with the messenger and aims to make your video calls easier.

Google sums up the essence of the Duo video calling app in four ways:

  • it's encrypted
  • it's reliable
  • it has a smooth interface that fades away
  • and it feature HD video and audio
But the real star feature of Duo is 'Knock-Knock'. This new feature shows a preview of what the person placing the call is doing, so that you can get context about why they are calling and use the information to decide whether you do or do not want to pick up the call.

Google has also been hard at work on codecs to make the video experience smooth and of high-quality.

The Google Duo video calling app will be available this summer on both Android and iOS.

source: Google



1. GoTstan

Posts: 386; Member since: Jul 25, 2015

What if you're rubbing one off?

2. jackwins

Posts: 23; Member since: Oct 07, 2010


4. Nopers unregistered

Wrong way round. If somebody video calls you it will show you the video from their side before you decide to take the call. If you're rubbing one off just put it away and take the call or ignore the call and finish.

3. Meccalangelo

Posts: 29; Member since: Mar 05, 2013

If you are then don't answer the incoming call. You see their preview when they call not the other way around. If you are rubbing one off and call someone then that is your choice. Whether they pick up or not is another question.

5. NexusX

Posts: 613; Member since: May 16, 2013

why can't duo and allo be combined into one app and named...Hangout?

8. kiko007

Posts: 7525; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Because Google has no tactical understanding of what people want in chat apps. They just make more and more terrible apps that will never be mainstream across the Android platform.

9. NexusX

Posts: 613; Member since: May 16, 2013

i hope they are not abandoning support for hangout because i use it everyday for messaging, calling and.... videochat. now i gotta tell my friends "hey add me on ALLO"

6. DoggyStyle

Posts: 4; Member since: Jul 08, 2015

Il just cover my camera, Lol

7. jove39

Posts: 2149; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Again...another text/video chat we don't have enough already. Just combine text & video chat into one app...and call it either Allo or Duo.

10. Scott93274

Posts: 6043; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Sounds like a really cool program, But they would have to have a way to disable the video feature while not on wifi.

11. TheTalkingMan

Posts: 4; Member since: May 18, 2016

so it's like a live video ??

13. azimesmail

Posts: 264; Member since: Nov 23, 2014

Its like Facetime.

12. ProblemSolver15

Posts: 372; Member since: Jun 14, 2010

Duo means 2. So, does this mean that the app will not support multiple people video conferencing at the same time? Lol

14. EcoCare

Posts: 444; Member since: Jul 30, 2014

MIUI has this too in regular phone call called Showtime, but it's complicated. This one seems good.

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