Freaky video chat
Duo video calls are presented in HD (up to 720p) and, as noted, the system's built to operate well on poor quality connections, enabling more people to use the service (and reducing annoying drop-outs).One of the coolest features of Duo is what Google’s calling ‘Knock Knock’, which you can see in the above video.When you see those responses going back and forth, it’s not that hard to imagine a reality where machines will learn us, our schedules and our preferences, so well that we might not even need to interact at all.
Facebook Messenger's the prime example, going from 200 million users in 2014 to 900 million now.Of course, Messenger had an advantage, in that Facebook split Messenger from its main app and forced users to download the Messenger app for chats, but even so, the growth of messaging apps is clearly evident in other platforms too – Whats App, also Facebook-owned, now has more than a billion monthly active users, while the growth of Snapchat, which is also, essentially, a direct messaging app, has been well-documented.Underlining this, at their recent F8 developer conference, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg noted that Facebook's now processing around 60 billion messages per day across their messaging platforms – three times more than global SMS volume was at its peak.Either way, you no longer have to jump between apps to do things like book a dinner reservation with friends, get up-to-date sports scores, settle a bet, or play a game.
The assistant in Allo lets you bring things like Search, Maps, You Tube and Translate to all your conversations, so that you and your friends can use Google together.”“...understands your world, so you can ask for things like your agenda for the day, details of your flight and hotel, or photos from your last trip.
This, of course, is why Facebook’s looking to evolve their e Commerce options for Messenger, with the introduction of bots and tools to help brands better connect with their audiences via the communication methods they’re already using.