Google hopes to make video calling magical with Duo


Google continued its emphasis on communication today at Google I/O 2016 with the introduction of Duo, a new video calling app, and a companion to the Allo chat application. Duo, which will be available for both Android and iOS, hopes to provide a better video calling experience for everyone.

With Duo, you can see a video feed of the person who's calling you before you pick up, letting you see if it's someone you know or not. When you swipe to answer, the call is connected right away, and the app is meant to work well even with low connection speeds. The interface will also fade away as you talk, letting you focus on your call.

On the technical side, Duo uses QUIC for fast connections. Built by the team behind WebRTC, Duo monitors video quality every second, adjusting seamlessly when needed. The app will also switches easily between Wi-Fi and cellular connections.

Duo, along with Allo, will be available later this summer. For more from Google I/O, be sure to keep it locked to the Android Central live blog.