Google Getting Serious About Duo Video Chat

From: Google

It's hard to get too invested in new products from Google. The company has built a reputation for developing interesting and useful projects, only to abandon them when they cannot commercialise them or lose interest. So, when they released Duo last year I didn't really bother with it too much. But they seem to be getting serious about Duo - their video calling challenger to Skype and FaceTime.

Duo is still limited to one-to-one chats, unlike Skype and FaceTime. But that's probably good enough for most people.

They are adding some new features to optimise the Duo experience - at least in the US where they are negotiating with carriers to take advantage of ViLITE where it is available.

I use FaceTime a lot - several times per week - for contacting friends and family while I'm travelling or to catch up with family who live overseas. And it offers a vastly better experience over dodgy connections that I experience with Skype. But I'm going to shift to Duo for a few weeks as having a single, multi-platform app like Duo that offers performance that's at least as good as FaceTime would be a winner for me.

Have you been using Duo? What has your experience been like? Have you compared it to FaceTime and Skype?


    It's great for video calls even when your connection is sub-par. I use it for the kids to speak to their grandparents all the time because it's so stupidly easy to use that anyone can work it out

    I just use Facebook Messenger for the rare times I need to use video calls. Also, living in an area with very poor mobile phone coverage I end up using messenger to make calls to friends over wifi.

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