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FaceTime VS Google Duo VS Skype VS Messenger

FaceTime VS Google Duo VS Skype VS Messenger

by David Obodoakor

FaceTime VS Google Duo VS Skype VS Messenger: In this modern age of the internet, there are no insufficient ways to connect with friends and family. One of the best ways still remains video calling, where you get to see what the person is doing in real time. There are a lot of social media apps right now offering video calling service on their platform. Today, we’ll be looking at four major apps when in relation to video calling. The four apps are FaceTime, Google Duo, Skype and Messenger.

FaceTime VS Google Duo VS Skype VS Messenger – The Basics

Google Duo is the Google version of FaceTime. With Android and iOS being the most popular operating system, it’s only right they compete with each other in any way they can. Google Duo allows you to call any number on your contact just like FaceTime. But of course, the recipient must have installed the app on his/her smartphone. Google Duo doesn’t allow group calling or instant messages.

FaceTime VS Google Duo VS Skype VS Messenger

FaceTime is exclusive to iOS-based operating devices such as iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and MacBook. While Google Duo despite being owned by Google Inc. is available for iOS users also, which they can download from the Apple store.

Skype is one of the best video calling apps you can think of. And it quite popular with over 1 billion downloads on Google Play store. Skype is supported on virtually every operating system; Android, iOS, Windows, Blackberry and Linux. It’s also available on some Smart TVs. Skype offers group calling and instant messaging. Whereas, Google Duo and FaceTime don’t have such features.

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Messenger is also known as a Facebook messenger. Skype is not the only video calling app to feature group calling and instant messaging. Messenger has evolved from being an unwanted second Facebook app to a great overall messaging tool. It allows group calls and instant messaging. And like Skype, it’s available in almost all operating system out there.

FaceTime VS Google Duo VS Skype VS Messenger – Call Quality

FaceTime VS Google Duo VS Skype VS Messenger

The quality of your voice and video call through VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) messaging apps depends on a lot of factors. For starters, the speed of the internet connection of both you and the recipient will determine the call quality.

Also, the hardware and software of devices used in making the call. This is a place where the FaceTime would easily win. Apple controls both its hardware and software of their devices. And everything including the device’s microphone will be encoded and decoded with hardware into making sure the call quality of high standard. While Skype, Google Duo and Messenger are just standalone apps that run both on Android and iOS devices.

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FaceTime VS Google Duo VS Skype VS Messenger

Security and Privacy

This is an important aspect of messaging, video chatting and calling. You’ll want to be sure no third party is listening to the conversations. Skype and FaceTime offer end-to-end encryption in both messaging, voice calling and video calling. While the end-to-end encryption is on available on “secret conversation messages” on Messenger. Facebook is yet to add end-to-end encryption to their video calling as far as we’re aware. Whereas, Google Duo features end-to-end encryption for video calls.


Every one of these video calling services has its advantages. FaceTime is limited to only Apple users. Google Duo offers only person-to-person video calls. While Skype and Messenger offer much more like group video calling. Skype is readily available on so many platforms. My pick will be Skype for offering so much more. But then, all of these apps are free to download. So why not download them and try each out. Let us know what you think about each video calling service in the comment section below. Thanks.

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