Hands-On With Google's New FaceTime-Like 'Duo' App

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    This week, Google released a new app called Duo, which allows for FaceTime-style video calling. Unlike FaceTime, though, Duo allows for cross platform calls that work on both Android and iOS mobile devices, so it isn't limited to users who only have an iPhone. In the video below, we went hands on with Duo to see just how well it works and whether it's a serious FaceTime competitor.

    The Duo app is rather simple, with a similar interface on Android and iOS devices. You sign into the app using your phone number, and once logged in, you have a list of contacts to call pulled from the existing contacts in your phone. That's it.

    When in a video call, you get many of the features you'd expect from a service like FaceTime, including mute, switching between the rear and front-facing camera, and ending the call. One new feature, however, is called Knock Knock, which is a sort of video caller-ID that lets the person receiving a call see what the caller is doing before answering. Think of it like a FaceTime video preview that's available before the FaceTime call is accepted.

    Because Duo uses a phone number for authentication, the app is not available for the desktop, and you are only able to use one device associated with a certain phone number at a time. This may be a deal breaker for those who like to chat on multiple devices, but for those looking for easy video calling, it's worth a try.

    We all likely know someone who doesn't use an iPhone, and Duo seems to be a good alternative for those looking for a FaceTime-like feature on Android. Duo is available from the App Store [Direct Link] and Google Play Store and can be downloaded for free.

    Article Link: Hands-On With Google's New FaceTime-Like 'Duo' App
  2. Peepo macrumors 6502a

    Jun 18, 2009
    Not available in Canada so fail for me.
  3. definitive macrumors 68000


    Aug 4, 2008
    why a "facetime-like" app, and not a "facebook's video calling" app? that's what it is, is it not?
  4. ILuvEggplant Suspended


    Jul 28, 2016
    Los Angeles, CA
    almost and useful as facetime when it was a thing.
  5. Mac Fly (film) macrumors 65816

    Mac Fly (film)

    Feb 12, 2006
  6. LovingTeddy macrumors 68000


    Oct 12, 2015
    I take anything that is not wall gardened. But I have no interest on Duo. WeChat is the best!
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    Is more interest than Applerumors. Completed the sentence for ya
  7. KidAKidB macrumors 6502


    Oct 1, 2014
    It's available on iOS so it's still relevant.
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    What's the difference? They're all video calling apps. This is an Apple site so the more logical comparison is to FaceTime.
  8. 341328 Suspended

    Jul 18, 2009
    Android users just use Messenger. This Google app won't see big user base.
  9. Sefstah macrumors 6502a

    Dec 21, 2015
    Apples brilliant plan of keeping FaceTime and iMessage only on iOS is pretty lame at this day and age. That's basically all an iPhone can do that Android can't. Yet there's a whole world of Android features that iOS cant do.
  10. pika2000 macrumors 603

    Jun 22, 2007
    Biggest challenge for this? It's not pre-installed on either iPhones or Android phones. So to use it, users on either platforms have to be aware of the app to begin with, and then convince their friends to use it. That's really tough. It's like trying to push yet another messaging platform.

    Next question is, when will Google shut it down?
  11. Kaibelf macrumors 68020


    Apr 29, 2009
    Silicon Valley, CA
    Apple doesn't have to give you access to things. Deal with it. And enjoy that malware.
  12. Sefstah macrumors 6502a

    Dec 21, 2015
    No they don't, but Im on iOS so what are you talking about? The point is that Apple can hold out all they want, but someone will come out with the same or better features and make them cross platform. Obviously you are closed minded and stuck on iOS, because if you have used Android lately and are smart, you would know that malware isn't an issue like you make it.
  13. xero9 macrumors 6502a

    Nov 7, 2006
    I know Apple is big now, but look at RIM with BBM. They held out on making it cross-platform until they were well beyond irrelevant. I know it doesn't seem like it now, but the same could happen with iMessage/FaceTime.
  14. poppy10 macrumors regular

    Sep 25, 2012
    Whatever happened to FaceTime becoming a cross platform open standard like Jobs wanted?

    Upon the launch of the iPhone 4, Jobs stated that Apple would immediately start working with standards bodies to make theFaceTime protocol an "open industry standard". ​
  15. macfacts macrumors 68040


    Oct 7, 2012
    Too bad FaceTime can't be deleted #BloatediOS
  16. MacHead84 macrumors 6502


    Aug 25, 2013
    I am a guest in the land of smiles
  17. 2010mini macrumors 601

    Jun 19, 2013
    Not making BBM cross platform is not why RIM failed.
  18. JGIGS macrumors 65816


    Jan 1, 2008
    One thing I find goofy about this app and FaceTime is you can't have a group chats. Everyone and their mother has a messaging and video chat app. The worst will always be the one that doesn't service multiple platforms I'm looking at you iMessage and FaceTime
  19. Zirel Suspended


    Jul 24, 2015
    you're right, things iOS can't do:

    • anti-virus
    • hidden bitcoin miners for hackers
    • ransomware
    • ads on webpages that make your phone vibrate
    • carrier bloatware
    • malware from factory
    • download your fingerprints from main memory
    • make you signs up for an account that can track your web browsing (fully disclosed to google) if you just want to download Apps from the Store
    • Force your friends to use Google Maps if you want to share your location. And if your friends send their location via a vCard, Google takes the libert of "converting" that open and interchangeable file to a closed and private Google Maps URL.
    • apps you can't delete, but don't work without a Google/Apple account

    And much more!
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    It can (iOS 10).

    But don't worry, Google will make sure you don't delete Allo and Duo on your next phone (because that's the only way you'll ever get an update, even on relatively recent Nexus phones!)
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  21. 341328 Suspended

    Jul 18, 2009
    You didn't mention the entire privacy issue around all of Google's apps and OS. You are the product.
  22. Zirel Suspended


    Jul 24, 2015
    RIM saw they lost on mobile, don't say they "didn't knew", because everyone could see what was going on, and they did nothing.

    Apple, on the other side has been smart enough to avoid the arrow coming in their direction and reposition themselves. Even their worst executives have been smart enough to fire Steve when he needed, and hire him back when he was mature enough.
  23. Sefstah macrumors 6502a

    Dec 21, 2015
    You make it sound like Android devices will hack all your personal belongings, steal your money, spread viruses and completely ruin your life. If that were true, Android wouldn't sell more devices than iOS. But they do. A lot more! And iPhone has been on the decline in case you forgot. Is it making sense to you yet? Time to make the switch or keep making excuses for your oudated overpriced hardware and restricted OS of a phone.
  24. lowendlinux Contributor


    Sep 24, 2014
    North Country (way upstate NY)
    And it'll steal your girlfriend and cuss out your mom it's a terrible thing to have in your life. :)

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