Google offers new video calling app called Duo

Carpe Diem with the launch of Google Duo, a new video calling app for Android and iOS users. According to the principal software engineer, Justin Uberti, the new Google App Duo is mobile-only and developed to be Web Real-Time Communication (WebRTC). It has taken away a plethora of hurdles behind video calling.

Duo has assured fewer dropped calls, and even supports handing off calls to and from Wi-Fi and cellular connections. It is easily available to download from Google Play and Apple’s App Store for Android as well as Apple users respectively. It is great that you don’t have to make a separate account, nor use a Google account for using Google Duo.

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The application was unveiled at Google’s I/O 2016 developer conference and was further available in private beta for a summer launch. It is a great opportunity for android app development newbies to know that Duo has been focused on mainly three areas. They are:

Simplicity

The new Google app Duo has been developed with the focus to make the calling experience as simple as possible. It is, for this reason, there is no need for the user to make a new account. It is also blessed with a new interface. It taps easily to make a call and answer anyone at ease. All in all, we can say everything is focused on getting you into a call as quickly as possible.

The best part is that, if a user navigates away from a call, the video will automatically stop. In short, if you can’t see yourself, the person you’re also calling can’t see you.

Speed and reliability

Before the Google Duo development, the team at Google worked hard to understand different network topologies. They had spent hours to understand different network topologies, ensuring to degrade the call gracefully when packets drop.

A lot of emphases was given on handing off between the various networks. For instance, Duo tries to switch between Wi-Fi and cellular data automatically without dropping your call. Wow! It means the user can call either from home or in office premises and can stay connected even if get out of Wi-Fi range.

If the app doesn’t have two connections simultaneously; it simply monitors to see if a better connection is available. Most of the time, the app prefer using Wi-Fi. The app switch to cellular if Wi-Fi degrades or gets out of range.

Making the app feel human

The last ultimate goal was to get the app out of the way. It focuses on the other person and connects with them. It is enriched with a great feature called Knock Knock. It helps the users to see a live video of your caller before you pick up. But it is important to note here that, Knock Knock only works for people in your contacts. For Android devices, the great app operates on the lock screen while on iPhone you have to be in the app to see the video preview.

I hope you liked the features of Google Duo explained here. It isn’t going to replace your existing video app completely, but it can be a noteworthy contender in near future.

From Fitness To Social Network, Pokemongo Covers All

With around  15 million downloads, PokemonGo is supposedly quite a successful mobile game that we have come across. Perhaps it’s not just a game and has extended a level ahead that accounts for the success of this app. We have been talking about different genres of mobile apps. However, hybridization in mobile apps is something rare. Well, to take mobile apps to the next level we can now see intermixing of functionalities in order to create a comprehensive platform that takes care of not just one of needs.

With so many people entering in the mobile app development world we need a watershed that can help us to that can break the stereotypical app development ideas so as to maintain the zest among the users. This is the reason why  iOS or Android App development services need an extension strategy that can maintain the zest among the audience alive.

Therefore, it is the time to extend all the all the functionalities making mobile apps quite a handy tool for development.

This is the reason why we have attractions such as Augmented reality, gamification and social media integration that are emerging out to be new savior of the technology.

Adopting augmented reality

Pokémon Go has officially been credited as the first official AR; although we have few apps that are gaining credence such as McGonigal’s I Love Bees that aims to market Microsoft’s XBox game Halo. Along with this, we have several “Gamified” apps that have been quite successful such as Foursquare that has been getting criticism among lot of communities for offering inappropriate meaningful rewards and other stuff.

We can say that the Pokemon Go, which is a  AR game, is sheerly inspired by the Pokemon video games which is all about exploring and collecting which also deliver an optimistic social message which is mixed with storylines.

How would you improve it?

One of the main attraction of this game is that allows you to go for socially interact with people surrounding you thus opening you up for new connections. Moreover, this has become one of the biggest attraction among the developers. There are some social interactions that happen around the game which is quite good as it brings real world goodness to our stores.

How can we link augmented reality to our app ideas?

Now that we all have heard a lot about augmented reality and looking at its apparent advantages there are a lot of people who might be thinking about entering into the development. Social stimulation has become one of the most sought after requirement, and this is the reason why real world is taken and entered into the games.

Along with this, we have non-player characters that are projected around us in the real world and helps you to create an environment where you do cannot make our the difference between the real and imaginary characters, and this will help you to create a mystery.

What makes PokemonGo an inspiration for modern mobile apps?

PokemonGo, however, covers various genres and encourages people to walk which we hardly do. Apart from this, it is a geolocation-based app that gives you a reason to go out and also interact with people. This further encourages team ship and allows you to develop the form new connections.