Google’s Duo video calling app is smarter than before
Google Duo is one of the few communication apps which doesn’t feel overwhelming to use. It started as a video calling app with a unique spin and allowed users to see the caller’s video even before answering the call. It is slowly emerging as replacement to the Google Hangouts app. Duo is now offered as part of the default Google apps by most Android phonemakers. The fact that it is linked to Google contacts and is available on all new Android smartphones makes it pretty handy as a secondary calling app after WhatsApp or Skype.
We take a look at some of the latest features in this Google app.
The latest addition to the Duo app is the integration with Truecaller, an app which protects users against spam calls by flashing the name of the caller. So if you have Truecaller on your smartphone, you can initiate a video call on Duo directly from it. A Duo icon will show up next to the call button on the Truecaller interface. All you need is the Duo app on your smartphone.
Duo is no longer limited to video calling and can be used for making audio calls as well. Google has added a switch on the home page with video option on left and audio on right. To make an audio call just slide the button to audio and it will set that as the default option on the app.
Designed for slower networks
Google Duo comes with built-in tools which can reduce data consumption during calls and video chats. There is no way to find out how much data you are saving, as of now, but it is a pretty handy option for users on patchy or slower 2G networks. You can enable it in app Menu->Settings-> Limit mobile data.
To make the app more user-friendly, Google has added a call history page in the app. Users can see one or two contacts right next to the Contacts button. To access the entire call history, they have to swipe upwards.