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Facebook, the world's largest Internet social network with more than 500 million users, is increasingly challenging established online companies like Google and Yahoo for consumers' time online and for advertising dollars.'If you look back 30 years, I think people's attitude towards wanting to put something out there would've been different than it is today, where now every high school student, college student has the opportunity to have a blog, or a Facebook account, or a Twitter account, and can use those things to share things and that's much more of the norm now.Of the two communication apps that Google announced at I/O, Duo surely seemed like the less interesting one.
But even though these seemed like deal-breakers to me when the app was announced, after using it for a few days, I'd argue that they're secondary features to what Duo is trying to be: an instantaneous way for you to get in touch with someone else as if you were near them.And yes phone numbers might be ripe for abuse and spam, but so are usernames and email addresses. I'd wager the reason is that Google wanted to do less, but do it better. Launch the app and you're greeted with your face from the front camera on your phone (we've already established it might not be sexy), a white bottom overlay with a button, and an overflow menu on the top right.Once you've made a couple of calls, the bottom overlay will start populating with your most recent contacts. (You can't see me now, but you will in a while.) If you're a geek like me, the first thing you'll look for are the settings.This basically shares the caller's video stream before the recipient answers the call, as a way to entice them to pick up the phone.Thankfully, Knock Knock doesn't work for contacts you don't have in your address book - a nice way to avoid unsolicited images from people you don't know.If you fail to answer, a missed call notification will appear on your phone and let you either call back or message (SMS) the person back.
While using the app, I've found this interface intuitive and quite easy to get used to.
And it can also be disabled, but keep in mind that if you turn it off, you won't send your stream to your contacts but you also won't get theirs when they call, regardless of whether or not they have it enabled or disabled.
Back to the main interface, once you tap on Once the call launches, like any video calling service, your front camera view switches to a small window and the rest of your screen is overtaken by your recipient's stream.
If I dare say it, it's the millennial's () approach to video calls.
Once that foundation is built and trust is gained with users, I'm sure Duo will start adding more traditional options and filling the gaps for a more demanding user base.
Simplicity is the name of the game with Duo and that starts with the setup.