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Yesterday started the global launch of Google Duo , one of the two most anticipated applications this year after it was announced in the last Google I / O. It is still not available to everyone in Google Play, but you can try without problems descargando and installing the APK .
From the first moment the truth is that the other application, Allo, was little more prominence Duo. At the end of the day, while Allo focused novelty add something new to what we already knew, the wizard Duo focused more Remove all unnecessary , adding the little trick of “Toc Toc” mode so you do not think we were so account
What does and does not do Duo
for newcomers, a summary. Google Duo is a new video call application that serves solely to do one thing: make video calls from one person to another . Many thought since Google had demasiadas applications and messaging communication, to which Google responded us by giving us two cups more.
The description of the functions of Google Duo fits in a sticky note, and that does absolutely nothing more apart from a call from a to B. No text messages, stickers, emoji, states, and not even its own list of contacts , since they are based on mobile contacts. Nor has a user account, linked in this case the phone number very “to WhatsApp”.
An account by mobile
In an age where what takes is the communication in the cloud because every time we have more devices, Google gives us more or less the opposite: an application whose “account” user is linked exclusively to a device and a phone number. No place in Google Duo, at least for now, the platform .
Similarly, while messaging applications compete fiercely to see who has the highest number of functions, Google decided to create a spinoff your primary messaging application, Hangouts, which makes one thing: to call. Imagine for a moment that someone calls you at Duo and can not answer at the time, how would you respond? . For you’ll need another application
Hangouts tie puts
Now is already beginning to discover the plan master? Google’s Hangouts. The application to replace in their day to Google Talk has become over time too boring and victim of the featuritis . Hangouts is not cool , it never was and how hard I try Google, not often heard young people say “Hey Call me in Hangouts and stay!”
The solution must recognize that Google is quite original. Instead of facing frontally monsters communication as WhatsApp, Messenger or Skype, have created a small simple, lightweight and easy to use application without compromise. No need to go through the suffering and to use the Google account, add contacts and start a video call from the chat.
Ok, well, the truth is that is not so difficult to use Hangouts , but we must recognize that we live in a society where we have so many options around us that if something we are pleased to instantly simply we turn away and use another option. To make the process more simple and, above all, fast, Duo and wins many points.
What about Hangouts? For now Google’s intentions is keep focused on the professional environment , where it integrates seamlessly with Google Apps account for businesses. And as it is, if someone wants to use for their communications every day, it is free to do so.
Is Google Duo cool or fools?
So, the big question after having tried Google Duo is, does it really becomes “cool”? The answer probably varies for each person, but for my Google Duo instead of molar which gives me is afraid . Fear that in the future technology in an attempt to be accessible to all cross the thin line between being easy to use and “for Dummies”.
This is necessary to make some qualification. Of course, nothing happens if an application is designed to be as easy and simple to use as possible. The problem comes when the technology is still simplifying year after year trying to adapt to an audience that is not that it is increasingly silly (upside down, is increasingly used to technology) but has less patience to learn anything . “To me give me the grandecitos buttons on the first screen, eh ?, I do not want to think.”
This is exactly Google Duo. Just open the application, and displays the image of your face via webcam. There is only one button, lest you go scare: Video call. Touching and call. It did not look as simple phones from toy with animal sounds. “The cow says moo.”
If we continue at this rate, in a few years we’ll talk to the mobile from guttural cries exclaiming “EAT!” for restaurant listings and have to install 300 applications because they all make one thing . Blessed be multitasking, but it does not matter to find a balance between simplicity and number of functions.
Duo Win out?
With all this, it’s time predictions. Duo Win out? Will there overshadow Duo Facetime or other services extended video call? Will we hear people exclaim down the street “call me later Duo”?
There are several factors that will influence the answer. First, video calls if they finally reach WhatsApp , and is that after all between WhatsApp and Messenger is already covered a good portion of the bulk of users worldwide. If now I have an application to make video calls, what I want another? If tomorrow WhatsApp Announces video calls, most likely Duo not last long.
The second factor is availability. The fact that Google Talk, and then Hangouts, were preinstalled on almost all Android devices greatly influenced expansion. Similarly, there are rumors that both Allo Duo come as Preloaded in future versions of Android. This would be a point in its favor as when making a video call’d still probably taking Messenger, Skype, LINE or other similar applications, but also Duo, which does the same and in a faster way. A couple of seconds or less touches can be the difference.
Like any communication application, Duo needs to somehow become viral to achieve long-term survival. Nobody likes “spamming” their contacts to be installed something you can already do with another application, so much of their future is being forged right now, at the time where many people should be eager to try it. Otherwise, once the initial excitement calm down, it’s likely that each back whatever he used before, if they really used video calls frequently, that’s another topic.
August 17, 2016
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