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Citing a Pew Internet paper which found that school children in the U. spent less time than ever with their friends in person, Livingston said he believes Kik video chat will provide a much-used form of communication for its young userbase.

Update: Oh hai, Facebook also launched group video calling today, too — we have more on that here.

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.

You can theoretically sign in from any phone using that phone number as long as you have also the phone it’s connected to near you to receive the verification code.

I’ve tried video calling on both Verizon and T-Mobile’s LTE network and through Wi-Fi, and in all three instances I’ve had issues connecting to a smooth video stream.

I’m not sure if it’s because of where I live (in the outskirts of the San Francisco Bay Area) or if the issue is on Google’s end, but Duo performed poorly for me in this sense.

Kik said video chat had been the number one most-requested feature from its userbase.

Interestingly, too, the interface deliberately puts a user’s own video feed to the side so that people can’t spend their time observing — or obsessing over — their own appearance.i OS doesn't give devleopers access to the lock screen in this fashion, but if you have your phone unlocked and the app ready, you'll see the caller before you decide to answer.This feature only works with people in your contacts, so random strangers can't flash you.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.

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