There’s also a companion messaging app, called Allo, coming soon.
But it's not optimized for i Pad; it runs in "blown-up i Phone app" mode.
There’s a problem with traditional video conferencing clients.
You just won’t have access to it on your main smartphone unless you re-verify your phone number (ugh), nor will you have the option to use cellular connectivity.
On i Pad, you can find it on the store if you toggle the switch to show i Phone apps, and it'll install and function.
Hangouts, Skype, Face Time, Facebook Messenger—what’s one more video chat app to add to your arsenal?
Google finally shipped Duo, the video chat app it announced earlier on in the year at its annual developer’s conference.
And of course, you can disable it in the settings if you prefer.
This is a bummer, and one reason you might want to stick with Hangouts for the time being: If you want to send a text message through Duo, you can’t.
Though they are in abundance, they’re only remotely useful if all parties are collectively using the same client.
Popular services such as Vox OX, oo Voo, IMO and, of course, Skype and Google Hangouts all have this problem, thus putting a damper on quick collaboration.
But if you’re curious about what Google is gunning for, here’s what to know. Once you install it, you’ll receive a verification code via SMS to ensure that it’s actually you that’s signing in.