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Google Targets Apple FaceTime with New Video Calling Application

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Robert Tuohy
May 18, 2016 18:13

Google unveiled a new video calling application named Duo that will compete with Apple Inc. s FaceTime.Duo will work on both Android and Apple Inc. s iOS mobile operating system and is designed to adjust to slower, low-bandwidth networks, said Erik Kay, a product manager for Google, during a presentation at the company s IO developer conference Wednesday.

It is encrypted and switches automatically between Wi-Fi and cellular networks, he added.

"We obsessed over every last detail of video transmission," Kay said.

"It has a feature named Knock Knock that shows a live video of the caller upfront, letting the receiver see who is calling and what they re doing.

That s part of Google s goal to draw people into more conversations over its services, said Kay.Duo works with Allo, a new mobile messaging app, that includes an artificially intelligent digital assistant and Google s search engine.

The two new offerings may help Google compete with Apple s FaceTime video calling service and Facebook Inc. s messaging services WhatsApp and Messenger.Google, the main division of Alphabet Inc., has lagged behind rivals in messaging and broader communications apps in recent years.

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