The company has not published statistics on Face Time use, but the technology helped make mobile video calling mainstream.
Google has fought back with its Android operating system and a series of mobile apps that are more flexible and compatible with a broader set of devices than Apple’s apps.
On Tuesday, Google underscored that strategy with the release of its latest mobile app: Duo, a video-calling app that is a direct alternative to Apple’s Face Time.
The recipient does not see the video streaming until after the call is answered.
I placed video calls over Duo and Face Time over a strong Wi-Fi connection as well as a weak cellular connection.
All of those apps were compelling alternatives to Apple’s proprietary apps, like Apple Maps, Photos and Notes, because they work on a wider variety of devices, including Macs, Windows PCs, Android devices and i Phones. People can only use Face Time to call others who have Apple devices. adults never make video calls on mobile.”All of this feeds into Google’s strategy to attract i Phone users over to Android.