Back in March Google announced that it would roll out support for voice only calls using its Duo video calling service. However, support for the same was only announced in Brazil with a wide global roll out expected later in the year. Well, a Google engineer has now reported that the voice-only calls service has now gone live and is even available for users worldwide.
The engineer, Justin Uberti announced the same using Twitter and was first reported by TechCrunch.
The audio-only calls would work well on all connection speeds and be data efficient, Google Vice President for Product Management Mario Queiroz had said in a blog post after he announced the move at a Google conference in Sao Paulo.
The company launched Google Duo in August, providing video calls for users on Android and iOS, pitting it against Apple Inc’s FaceTime, Microsoft Corp’s video-calling app Skype and Facebook Inc’s Messenger.
But with multiple options for messaging, it isn’t clear as to what Google is really up to. Out here in India we have Hangouts, Google Duo, Google Allo, and even Google Messages. And all of these clash with one another.
Google Hangouts comes complimentary with your Gmail account and allows users to send messages, place voice and video calls. Google Allo on the other hand offers a smart messaging app with stickers and Assistant integration (a competitor to WhatsApp). Duo focusses solely on video calls, but now thanks to voice-only calls also plays well with voice calls. At times we wished there was just one app to get all of them done.
Publish date: April 11, 2017 5:03 pm| Modified date: April 11, 2017 5:03 pm