Since Google launched the 1-to-1 video calling app Duo, alot of people have been wondering what really makes it different from the Hangouts app. Well, Google Hangouts, isn’t going away. With the advent of Duo, Google has maintained that Hangouts will be transitioning to an “enterprise” product.
But according to Google, Duo is supposed to be way more specialized. Unlike Duo, Hangouts lets you do much more than simply one-to-one video calls. For example, Hangouts supports messaging and you can start video calls with multiple people.
Whereas Hangouts can be used on desktops, supports messaging and group chats, and has multiway video for collaboration, Duo does one thing and one thing only: video calls on your phone or tablet.
Unlike Hangouts, Duo reaches people through their phone numbers, not their Gmail. Other than downloading the app, you won’t have to force anyone to log into their Google accounts or sign up for a new service. And the best difference between it and Hangouts? It uses end-to-end encryption, so your data can’t be viewed from third parties or even Google itself.