So, I’d like to introduce you to Duo, a simple one-to-one video calling app for everyone. Duo is the video companion to Allo. It’s fast and performs well even on slow networks. It’s end-to-end encrypted. It’s based on your phone number allowing you to easily get in touch with the people you care about, and it works on both Android and iOS.
But here’s a feature that makes Allo really special. We call it Knock Knock. Knock Knock shows you a live video stream of the caller before you’ve even picked up. Not only can you see who’s calling but what they’re up to and why they’re calling, a smile, a beach, a newborn baby can all draw you into the moment, making calls feel spontaneous and natural. And once you pick up, Duo puts you right into the call seamlessly transitioning from the live preview to the live call. Knock Knock totally changes what it’s like to receive a video call.
So let’s take a look. And almost right on cue, I’m getting a call from my daughter Ava. I use Ava for all my demos. So as you can see, and Elena apparently, too, is popping in there, I haven’t even picked up yet but Ava is right there smiling and making funny faces. I can tell she is really eager to talk. So let’s answer it.
[Ava: Hi, dad.
Erik Kay: Hi, Ava, hi, Elena.
Ava: Are you done with your presentation yet?
Erik Kay: Almost. I’ll be done soon. Could you wave to everybody?
Ava: Hi, everybody.
Erik Kay: All right. Bye, I’ll talk to you soon.
Ava: Bye, Dad.
Erik Kay: Oops!]
So you just saw how Knock Knock drew us into the conversation with Ava and Elena before we even picked it up and how fast and smooth it was.
Now, Knock Knock only works when the video is instant. There can’t be a gap between the phone ringing and the video appearing. This is a really hard technical problem but we’re uniquely positioned to tackle it. Duo was built by the team that created WebRTC, the open source platform that now powers much of today’s mobile video communication. And we know this technology like no one else. We used a new protocol called QUIC that allows Duo to establish an encrypted connection in a single round trip. We obsessed over every last detail of video transmission, hand tuning and optimizing codecs, bandwidth probing, encryption and more. The result is the unique feel of Knock Knock. You’re right there in an instant.
So the other thing that really sets Duo apart is how reliable it makes video calling. Duo works wherever you are, whether it’s New York or New Delhi, Buenos Aires or Butte, at home or on the road. Duo proactively monitors network quality multiple times per second, allowing it to degrade gracefully when bandwidth is limited and to seamlessly switch between Wi-Fi and cellular. And, of course, this all happens automatically behind the scenes, so you don’t have to worry about it. All this technology combines with a smooth interface that fades away allowing you to focus on each other in beautiful HD video and audio. This is what makes Duo a video calling experience that feels unlike anything you’ve used before.
Now, I’d like to show you a short video that shows how Duo brings magic back to video calling.
You can really see how fun and spontaneous video calls become with Duo. We’re incredibly excited to be connecting people all over the world with these two new apps: Allo, a smart messaging app with expression and the power of the Google Assistant. And duo, a simple video app with the spontaneity of Knock Knock. Both Allo and Duo will be available this summer on Android and iOS.
Now to talk to you a bit about Android, I would like to invite to the stage our resident rock star Dave Burke.
Dave Burke – VP of Engineering, Android
Thanks, Erik. Hey, I’m Dave. It’s amazing to be here at Google I/O 2016 at the Shoreline Amphitheatre. All right. What a great venue! I think this is going to be the very closest I get to my childhood dream of being a rock star on the stage. There’s something wrong about nerds being allowed on a rock star stage like this.
Anyway, so far we’ve talked about the scale of mobile and how we’re thinking about evolving our products to be smarter and more assistive through machine learning and AI and a key driver of this scale is Android. As you’ve heard, this year marks the tenth anniversary of our first developer conference. It’s also been 10 years since we started working on Android.
So how are we doing? Well, Android is the most popular OS in the world. More than 600 Android smartphones have launched in the last year alone. Everything from Disney Princess phones to metal unibody devices tricked out in titanium. There’s a phone for everyone. And as Android continues to expand into new screens like on the wrist and in the car and on TVs and connected devices, there’s increased opportunity for developers to reach users whether they’re at home or on the go.
Android Wear. There are now 12 partner brands with iconic watch makers like TAG Heuer and designers like Michael Kors.