Google officially launches FaceTime rival Duo

August 16, 2016

Introduced at Google’s 2016 I/O conference.

Google is officially rolling out its new Duo app that will take on Apple’s FaceTime. The video calling app will be available for iOS and Android users starting today.

Along with its Allo messaging app, the release of Duo shows that Google is still keen on offering its own communications solutions instead of relying on third party apps. Duo has a feature called Knock-Knock, where you can immediately see a live video of the person calling you.

But the barebones app only offers video calling – no group chats or calls or other worthy features already present on competitors such as Facebook Messenger and Skype. Those may be the reasons why we’re skeptic if Duo will be successful.

Google also announced that with the release of Allo and Duo, its Hangouts app will soon be discontinued in September.

That being said, it’s still worth a try. We’ll use Duo in a couple of days and we’ll let you know if it’s worth it – or you can try it out yourself and tell us what you think.

by Victor Philip Ortiz
Tech Enthusiast and Movie Buff. When he’s not busy playing with the latest games, Victor usually spends his time collecting Blu-rays and building his own movie library. As the Online Editor for T3 Middle East, he develops and writes content for which includes reviews, features, and videos in addition to managing its social media and web content.