Google Duo语音电话现在全球可用

搜索巨头谷歌的视频聊天应用程序Google Duo现在支持全球范围内语音通话。Google Duo的首席工程师Justin Uberti表示,该功能仅在上个月才提供给巴西用户,但现在可以在世界任何地方访问。用户可以在应用程序界面顶部切换来找到语音通话功能。

Google将语音通话整合到最初旨在进行视频聊天的应用程序似乎有点奇怪。但是,像Skype和FaceTime这样的流行视频聊天应用程序已经提供了相同的功能,另外,Google对通信应用程序有自己的看法,该公司喜欢把所有的功能都集中到一起,看看哪些功能受到用户欢迎,然后再决定取舍。

如果用户不想使用Duo拨打电话,用户仍然可以使用环聊或Google语音拨打电话,或者使用Google今年年内发布的新款应用程序拨打电话。

https://techcrunch.com/2017/04/10/google-duo-audio-calling-now-available-worldwide/

Google Duo audio calling now available worldwide

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In March, Google announced it was beginning to roll out support for audio-only calling in its FaceTime and Whatsapp competitor, Duo, which had previously focused on video calls. Initially, support for audio calls was available in Brazil, but the feature is now live for all users worldwide, a Google engineer and technical lead for Duo announced on Twitter late on Sunday evening.

If you’re having trouble keeping track of Google’s numerous communications products, Duo was the video calling app announced in May 2016 at the Google I/O developer conference. It launched last summer as a Google-powered alternative to other popular video calling apps.

What’s not clear from a strategy perspective is why Google decided to keep calling – video and audio alike – housed in a separate app, while keeping messaging contained in Allo. If it’s aim is to carve out a space for itself in a market dominated by Whatsapp and Facebook Messenger, it seems that it may have made more sense to get users to install one universal communications app that supported everything – text, voice, video, etc. – instead of two.

And if it’s trying to take on FaceTime, it’s made a misstep – FaceTime is popular because it’s integrated with Apple’s computing platform across platforms, from Mac to iOS, and is the default, built-in option for video calling on iPhone. Users don’t have to go to the App Store to acquire it, as they do with the iOS version of Duo.

Of course, Google’s messaging strategy has never really made sense. Instead, it often feels like the company is trying the “throw a bunch of spaghetti at the wall and see what sticks” method of rolling out apps.

Today, Google still has its legacy Hangouts app, though it has split the service into two new apps, Chat and Meet (basically, the enterprise versions of Allo and Duo.). It also operates anewly refreshed Google Voice; its iMessage rival, Messenger, which has been adding support for RCS – an upgrade from SMS. Plus, it has two email apps, Gmail and Inbox, and it built in a messaging service into YouTube.

Thankfully, Google has been trying to pare things down a bit, by closing Google Talk and killing a failed social experiment called Spaces.

Duo, meanwhile, has not achieved much traction. The app is today is ranked only #225 Overall on Google Play, and #641 on iOS, according to App Annie. The app has seen around 27 million downloads in total since launch, with India accounting for 32 percent, according to data from Sensor Tower. This figure doesn’t count direct APK downloads or pre-installs, however.


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