Google’s Facetime-like video app begins rollout.

For iPhone users, if the first thing that comes to mind when you want to make a video call is “Facetime,” then you are part of the reason Duo was created.


My face, anytime my friends ask for my Facetime ID.

Duo which was announced at the Google I/O conference is a very simple and a more user-friendly answer to Apple’s Facetime.


To show you how simple it is, Duo will not require any additional sign ups, all you need is your phone number, the app (On both the caller and the callee) and the phone number of your Partner-in-chat. The unique selling points of Duo apart from its simplicity are the knock-knock feature that gives the callee a live preview of the caller before picking up the call, just to make sure it’s no hoax and the call encryption.

Google’s Duo begins its global rollout today, but upon visiting the store (Google Play Store or the iTunes App Store), it still shows the pre-registration  button ?.

I’d update this article accordingly once it is available either officially or through the APK mirror.

By the way, something tells me that iPhone users might frown on Google’s Facetime-initiative.


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    8 comments on “Google’s Facetime-like video app begins rollout.

    1. Stiiz says:

      Hi Tobi.
      Quick question. Do you think nTel’s 4G sim would work on an iPhone 5c? I live in Agege – Lagos, and I was thinking of getting their sim. Any info would be much appreciated.

      1. Tobi Ayeni says:

        Hey Stizz, it should, but you might need to lock your cellular data signal to 4G LTE only. This might require you jailbreaking your device to install an app called Lock4GLTE.

        1. Stiiz says:

          Haa. Jailbreaking. Thing is, my device was on 9.3.3 buh I unknowingly updated it to 9.3.4 which doesn’t allow jailbreaking – Apple has patched all the Pangu loopholes ? – so I’m stuck. Anyways, I’ll get the nTel sim. Just hope there’s enough signal strength in my area.

    2. James_Pelusky says:

      Nice one coming to Android Users…

    3. Stiiz says:

      FaceTime is just there jare. With the knock knock feature and slow network enhancement on this Duo app, I think it would be much better than FaceTime.
      I can’t wait to see how it feels on iOS.

      Google’s “G-board” keyboard app on iOS is amazing! It’s like 80% better than the built in keyboard for iOS. You should do a brief review though – and also do more app reviews on the blog ?

    4. Victor Molokwu says:

      Cool story, skype has too many processes for folks who ain’t tech savvy, IMO took advantage of that, now duo is here too…. expecting WhatsApp to do so in no distant time….

    5. Adeniji Micheal says:

      Cool Development….Tech Stuffs Are Getting Better Day By Day

    6. Stiiz says:

      So I just downloaded the Duo app from Apple store, and just like with every newly created app, I have to wait for my contacts & friends to download it or make them download it; I don’t have anyone to test the app with.

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