Google Duo is probably one of the best video calling apps on mobile platforms. Other than the video quality, the app comes with several functional solely based on video messaging. A report coming from 9to5Google has said that the internet search giant might be planning a web version of the Duo. Citing a source close to the development team, the report said that “web client” for Duo will be out in the coming weeks.
Google Duo Web Functionality and Features
The web version of the app will be functional on Chrome as well as Mozilla and Apple’s Safari with browser notification option for incoming calls. The mobile app version uses Google account as an optional authentication but web version will reportedly use Google account for authentication purposes.
For now, the report only clarified where it will work but there are many things still uncovered. We are yet to know how many features from the mobile version of Google Duo will make it to the desktop. 9to5Google has speculated that it might at least come with the “knock-knock” function that turns on the live video feed of the caller before you pick up the call as well as support to leaving a video message.
Google also announced 1 billion Play Store downloads a month ago and app’s success might be the reason for its web version roll out. The creator/ Engineering lead of Google Duo, Justin Uberti tweeted, “Another milestone for #GoogleDuo in an exciting 2018. Enjoy a high-quality Duo video call on all your new phones, tablets, and Chromebooks – we’ve got a lot more in store for 2019.”
For those who don’t know, Google Duo was introduced in 2016 against the already popular Microsoft’s Skype and Apple’s FaceTime. Google Duo wasn’t the only app to make way in app stores that year. An instant messaging app named Google Allo was announced along with Duo. However, due to the dominance of WhatsApp, Allo failed to leave any mark on the mobile application market.
Google has already announced complete shut down of the messaging app by March 2019. Company’s official blog post read, “Allo will continue to work through March 2019 and until then, you’ll be able to export all of your existing conversation histories from the app. We’ve learned a lot from Allo, particularly what’s possible when you incorporate machine learning features, like the Google Assistant into messaging.”
In related news, Google recently also brought the Messages to the web. Formerly known as Android Messages, this is Google’s another user-centralized service. With Messages and Google Duo, both available on the web, it will boost user adoption which is a good sign for the company since other messaging services such as those owned by Facebook are already doing it.