August 16, 2016

Google introduced Duo on Tuesday, a new video calling app to rival Apple's Facetime and Skype.

“Video calling is the next best thing to being in person, but it can often be too complex,” a spokesperson said. ”You shouldn’t have to worry about whether you’re on Wi-Fi, or not, or if your friend is using the same type of device as you are.”

(That's a not-so-subtle dig at Facetime, if you didn't catch it.)

Duo is launching on both Android and iOS, and you can connect to other users with your phone number. The video above shows the app's functionality.

Similar to Google's Project Fi, Duo adjusts to different network conditions. The app will use Wi-Fi where its available, or switch to cellular data if that becomes stronger, and won't drop the call when it switches.

Google has expanded its travel offerings in recent months, most notably upgrading flight and hotel search.

Duo is available on Google Play or in the App Store.

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