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Google launches Duo, a video-calling app that's simpler than Hangouts

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Both apps will be available later this summer.

It s encrypted, and based on your phone number.

Duo works wherever you are, Kay said, and it proactively monitors network quality several times a second and switches seamlessly between Wi-Fi and cellular.

Duo also has an interesting and potentially controversial feature: Knock Knock, which shows you a live video stream of the caller before the connection is actually initiated.

Not only can you see who s calling, but why they re calling, and what they re up to: A smile, a beach, a newborn baby, Kay said.

Here s a closer look at the experience:

What does this mean for Google Hangouts, Google s existing video app?

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