Once confined to the realm of science fiction, video chat has become a popular communication medium across the globe. From scheduling business conferences to checking in while travelling, video chat combines intimacy with immediacy. Google Duo has established itself as one of the most advanced of the video calling apps offered to today’s users. So, what makes Google Duo so special?

It’s compatible with iOS and Android

Are you an Android user in a family of iPhone fans? Google Duo just might be the solution you’re looking for. One of the app’s biggest drawcards is that it’s able to be used by both iOS and Android devices.

It works on tablets as well as smartphones

This year, Google Duo unveiled an update of their app allowing video calls to be made on Android tablets and iPads. The larger screens of tablets are particularly great with Google Duo, making you feel as though your friends and family are right there in the room with you. It may also be easier fitting a number of people within the frame if you’re calling in a group.

It’s super easy to use

Google Duo’s appeal lies in its simplicity. It uses your phone number, and allows you to connect with existing contacts on your phone. This means you don’t need to remember an email address or a username of a particular friend or family member before placing a call. Just tap once to begin a call with the person of your choosing.

It doesn’t compromise on quality

If you’re looking for quality, you’ve come to the right place. Google Duo claims to be the highest quality video calling app based on a technical study conducted by the Signals Research Group which compared video degradation time over 3G, LTE and WiFi. Smartphones like the Google Pixel 3, equipped with a 12.2 MP dual-pixel camera, are ideal for harnessing the full potential of Google Duo’s video capabilities. Google Home Hub is also compatible with the Google Duo app, if you prefer talking hands-free.

It lets you preview incoming calls

Google Duo’s nifty Knock Knock feature lets your contacts see live video of you as their device is ringing, provided they also have you as a contact. In a similar way, if you receive a call from someone with the Knock Knock feature enabled, you’ll be able to preview your caller before accepting.

It records video messages

Sometimes you’ll want to place a video call to a loved one to share what’s going on around you at a particular point in time. Google Duo captures these fleeting moments by allowing you to send through video messages when your friend or family member is unable to take the call.

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Tara Fernandez

Digital Copywriter and Content Producer

Tara Fernandez,
Digital Copywriter and Content Producer

With a background in creative content writing, Tara is a skilled copywriter on the Vodafone Digital Content Team. She is experienced in editing and social media, and has a passion for travelling and playing pool terribly.