In the era of the COVID-19 pandemic, staying at home and finding yourself some useful and fun activities for keeping you motivated represents an excellent idea. Whether those activities are playing the latest games, listening to your favorite band, or watching some old movies, you still need a decent app to talk to your friends about what you just experienced.
Video calling apps are so insanely popular nowadays, and there’s no wonder why. They provide not only the simple act of having a live conversation with someone you see on a display, but also file sharing, sharing of the screen, and so on. But choosing the right app of this kind can be a difficult process, as there is a lot to choose from: Viber, WhatsApp, Zoom, Messenger Rooms, and a lot more. But today we’ll be comparing two video calling apps that have pretty much everything you need: Skype and Google Duo. Let’s compare them by each criterion:
Video calling quality
We have to be honest and admit that this is by far the most important criterion. Both Skype and Google Duo have a higher video quality than WhatsApp, which is easily the most popular video calling app. This is truly remarkable, and better quality makes you addicted to those apps and talking to your friends through them. The developers of Skype are making it clear:
In today’s always-on-the-go world, it can be difficult to get groups of friends, family members or coworkers together in one place. With the Skype video chat app, group video calling for up to 50 people is available for free on just about any mobile device, tablet or computer.
For this round, we can consider it a draw between Skype and Google Duo, as it’s impossible to decide which one of the two apps offer better quality for their calls.
Group video chats
What else can possibly be more exciting during these harsh times for all of us than to gather along with your friends on a group chat? Both Skype and Google Duo are offering that possibility, but the service owned by Microsoft wins this round. Skype offers the possibility for up to 50 participants for one video call, while its opponent for today supports a maximum of only 12 users per group call. The Play Store description for Google Duo says the following:
Bring together all the people who matter most, even when you’re apart, with group calling. Duo now supports 12 people in group video calls.
However, the app winning this round for some people may be Google Duo. Because participating in a group chat with 49 more people can be a true mess.
What’s the use of offering high-quality video and up to 9467345843 participants for one single call if there’s no privacy involved? Skype doesn’t offer end-to-end encryption by default. Instead, it offers encryption between you and the servers that the company is collaborating with, but not between the user and their company. But if you really want end-to-end encryption, you just have to turn it on in the settings menu of the app. For those who are not aware, end-to-end encryption means that not even the company itself can see the messages you send and receive.
On the other hand, Google Duo is the winner this time, as it offers end-to-end encryption by default. This means that the users are fully protected from getting their messages read by anybody else.
The score is 1-1, so it’s up to you to decide which one of the apps suits your desires the most. We believe that Duo is a bit better, considering that there’s no urgent need to have the possibility for a maximum of 50 participants for a single call.
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