Google doubled down on the mobile communication space at Google I/O on Wednesday with a demo of Allo and Duo. The goal for Google is to take advantage of the strong need of its users to reach out and is now offering more rich platforms that eclipse basic apps such as Hangouts and Messenger.
The Google Blog describes Duo as follows:
… a simple, fast one-to-one video calling app for everyone—whether you’re on Android or iOS, a fast or slow connection, in New York or New Delhi. Like Allo, Duo is based on your phone number, allowing you to reach anyone in your phonebook. And its simple interface fades away when you’re in a call, so it’s just the two of you.
The platform is designed seemingly from the ground up with Hangouts as its base, and accommodates two-way communication with family and friends in ways that we have long hoped for in Skype and other visual communication platforms.
At Google I/O one of the key features promoted is an interaction called “Knock Knock”. As the name implies, “Knock Knock” allows a video preview of the person or people calling. The quality is slated to look good as well boasting a 720p display promising to handshake with slower connections and end-to-end encryption to ensure privacy.
There was no specific date announced as to when we’ll see Duo in the Play Store, but the Google Blog promises Duo (and Allo) will be released this Summer. As mobile communications evolve, I look forward to these changes in keeping in touch with our friends and family.