Goto

Collaborating Authors

Google launches Duo video chat app to compete with FaceTime and Skype

Los Angeles Times

Google's video chatting app has arrived. The app, Duo, represents Google's response to other popular video calling options, including Apple's FaceTime, Microsoft's Skype and Facebook's Messenger app. Duo isn't much different from the other video chatting services, except that it gives a glimpse of who is making the call, helping the recipient decide whether to answer. Google calls this feature "Knock, knock." The new app, announced in May, is being released Tuesday as a free service for phones running on Google's Android operating system as well as Apple's iPhones.


Google launches new video chat app

BBC News

Google has launched its video chatting app, called Duo. It represents Google's response to other popular video calling options, including Apple's FaceTime, Microsoft's Skype and Facebook's Messenger. It's not that different from the other video chatting services, except that it gives users a glimpse at who's making the call, helping people decide whether to answer or not. Google says it's calling the feature, "knock, knock". The new app, originally announced in May, is being released as a free service for phones running on Google's Android operating system as well as Apple's iPhones.


Zoom alternatives: what about Hangouts, Skype and Teams?

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

You've been told to meet via webcam, and everyone you know uses Zoom. But maybe you don't like the Zoom feature that lets bosses check to see if you've been paying attention in a meeting or tweeting in another browser window. Or you're concerned about the sad new trend of "Zoombombing" a public call? Or it's just that all of your friends are partial to another messaging platform. What other options are there for you?


7 Ways to Group Video Chat While You Wait for That FaceTime Update

WIRED

This past spring, Apple demoed a version of FaceTime that would support group video chat for up to 32 people at once. The update was supposed to come with the official release of iOS 12 this fall--but it turns out that FaceTime will be a one-on-one video chat app for a while longer. In the latest developer release of the iOS 12 software, Apple said Group FaceTime has been removed from the upcoming public release of iOS 12. It's now expected to launch later in the fall. Personally, I don't mind the wait: I have a hard enough time getting four friends together for dinner, nevermind coordinating a video chat for eight times as many people. And it's almost certainly better to have the new feature work well when it launches, rather than launch with bugs.


Google's Duo app joins crowded field of video calling

Boston Herald

Knock, knock, Google's video chatting app has arrived. The app, dubbed Duo, represents Google's response to other popular video calling options, including Apple's FaceTime, Microsoft's Skype and Facebook's Messenger app. Duo isn't much different from the other video chatting services, except that it gives a glimpse at who is making the call, helping the recipient decide whether to answer. Google calls this feature, "Knock, knock." The new app, announced in May, is being released Tuesday as a free service for phones running on Google's Android operating system as well as Apple's iPhones.