Google launches Duo video chat app

Google has launched its video chatting app, branded Duo, to take on the likes of Apple’s FaceTime, Microsoft’s Skype and Facebook’s Messenger.

The new app is being released as a free service for phones running on Google’s Android operating system as well as Apple’s iPhones.

Calls are encrypted and the video resolution changes depending on the speed of the user’s connection. Like FaceTime on iOS, Duo only requires a person’s phone number to connect.

The app is rolling out around the world over the next few days.

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