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Google Duo: Bare-bones app gets the job done

Google's answer to Apple's FaceTime and Microsoft's Skype

Abhik Sen 

I still remember the time when setting up chat/messaging clients on PCs was a chore. And last week I finally got my hands on a no-nonsense video chat client, which can be set up on phones in a jiffy. Yes, I'm talking about Duo, Google's answer to Apple's FaceTime and Microsoft's Skype. After downloading the app, a text message was all it took to set it up. On a Nexus 5, I immediately got to know which of my friends were already on Duo and I was given the option of making a video call on the bare-bones interface. From the furthest end of the apartment, I put a call through ...

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