Google's second answer to Facetime has arrived in the form of Google Duo. I love Facetime, like Google Hangouts and hate Skype, so Google Duo is interesting to me. Google detailed the new video chat tool on the Google Blog.
One nice option that caught my attention is the Knock Knock feature. "Knock Knock which lets you see live video of your caller before you answer, giving you a sense of what they’re up to and why they want to chat. Knock Knock makes video calling more spontaneous and welcoming, helping you connect with the person before you even pick up."
I haven't used it yet, and although I appreciate Google's dig at Apple ("You shouldn’t have to worry about whether your call will connect, or if your friend is using the same type of device as you are. "), I traded in my Android for an iPhone because feature-rich and unreliable isn't useful as feature-moderate and reliable. I am excited to try Google Duo, though, and I will report back when I use it.
Ally Sharp is a teacher, writer and editor, and technology trainer.