Google Duo has certainly received less criticism than that of its sister-app, Allo. Of course, it’s not battling issues like “SMS fallback” and whatnot, and it’s still not perfect, but more or less, it’s definitely a solid app, and today, Google’s video calling application has crossed another milestone today—100 million downloads on the Play Store.
Duo’s simplicity and ease of use are probably the best features of the app alone. My only gripe about it is that if it wants to compete with the other big apps, especially FaceTime, it needs to include a web version, group video calling, and support for Google accounts (for those without phone numbers or with tablets). I know what you’re thinking, this is almost exactly what Hangouts is right now. And right you are. I don’t have any clear cut solution for what Google’s plans are with in their consumer messaging department, but it is what it is.
Some of the heads of communications at Google tweeted out their reactions. Nick Fox also mentions that daily call minutes for Duo has tripled since the app crossed 50 million downloads in May of this year.
Duo picking up steam! Just hit 100M downloads on Android. And daily call minutes tripled since we crossed 50M downloads in May!
— Nick Fox (@RealNickFox) July 15, 2017
High quality video with simple design is resonating with users. Pleased to see #GoogleDuo hit 100M, 11 months since launch. Lots more to do
— Amit Fulay (@amitfulay) July 15, 2017
Now, this doesn’t necessarily mean that there are 100 million people using the application as some may have uninstalled it since then, but it certainly means it’s picking up steam among users.
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