Google's video chat app Duo tops 1 billion downloads on Google Play

Google's video chat app Duo tops 1 billion downloads on Google Play
Have you ever tried Google's video chat app Duo? The two year-old app has now been downloaded more than 1 billion times, as spotted by Android Police. Why, it was just back in July of 2017 that Duo first reached 100 million installs. Not to take away from that ten-fold increase, but that figure includes new Android devices that come out of the box with the app pre-installed. 

Back in May, Duo had 500 million installations, which means that another 500 million were added in the last six months alone. Google unveiled Duo at Google I/O 2016 along with its Allo messaging app. Duo debuted first on August 16th, 2016, while Allo launched on September 21st. While Duo has been a success, Allo not so much. The latter will shut down in March 2019.

Just last week, Google wanted to promote the fact that the Duo app is also available for iPhone users. So it released a series of ads showing how families and friends can video chat even if one owns an Android powered phone and the other person owns an iPhone. Of course, that calls for both the Android and iOS users to have the Duo app installed on their respective devices. And a few months ago, Google updated the Duo app to make it compatible with both Android tablets and iPads.

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14 Comments

1. Vokilam

Posts: 1181; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

Yet I still can’t find anyone in my contacts that uses it. This shouldn’t be a download but a standard native app on every android.

12. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 966; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

You're looking at Google padding the numbers since phones come with it pre-installed, in some cases performing a fresh download during the phone setup. Not worth using since noone uses it.

2. WAusJackBauer

Posts: 455; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

Not accurate as it comes pre installed on a lot of phones these days.

3. Leo_MC

Posts: 7268; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

“that figure includes new Android devices that come out of the box with the app pre-installed.” That is the only way that app could have reached 1 billion; it would be an interesting info how many are actually using it.

4. notfair

Posts: 722; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

it's preinstalled on my phone and can't uninstall it so if this counts then basically it has been forced fed to users.

5. kryme

Posts: 468; Member since: Oct 24, 2013

Yet no one use it...

6. Atrixboyyy

Posts: 596; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

1 billion downloads and we still can't sign in using our Google accounts, that's why nobodies using it.

7. Marcwand3l

Posts: 426; Member since: May 08, 2017

Wow so many haters. I do use this app. It's very convenient, it's easy to set up and the video/audio quality is great. And what's the problem that it comes preinstalled? Isn't this one of the main advantages of FaceTime? When it's not about Apple it's always bad it seems. Anyway plenty of my contacts use the app. The most important thing is that I'm not platform limited when using Duo, any of my contacts either have the app or can install it. Big plus. Also for the Apple haters, Duo has 4.7 out of 5 in Apple's app store so it looks like iOS users also like the app quite a lot. 1 billions downloads is quite a big number and I'm sure it's not the upper limit, Duo will continue to grow.

8. Leo_MC

Posts: 7268; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Some of us don’t hate Duo, we just don’t give a rat’a ass about it.

9. Marcwand3l

Posts: 426; Member since: May 08, 2017

Then what are you doing here in the first place? Duo is one of the better video calling apps on the market, there is no problem with it so this negativity against Duo is strange.

10. Atrixboyyy

Posts: 596; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

I love the app but hate Googles way of signing up/in to the app. Says it available for tablets but you still need a phone number... That's where imsg wins big time

13. Vokilam

Posts: 1181; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

marcwand3l, i agree with you on many points... a great benefit to imessage and facetime on ios is that it is preinstalled and integrated into OS along with Siri and can be integrated with other apps using apple provided APK's. I've been away from android when I bought my iphoneX and it makes me happy to learn that google is forcing this on many android devices (it should be ALL android devices in my opinion). I would drop facetime if everyone used Duo, as it is cross platform compatible unlike facetime. But I do live where majority are using iphones and ipads dominate the tablet market where i can facetime to from my iphone regardless if their phone is an android. But no one uses it, and that's unfortunate. apparently numbers isnt what google needs - it needs exposure, mass exposure. and just like facetime - you should be able to use a phone number to just facetime even if the other person NEVER used it. I've surprised many customers when I need to explain something and the dialer apps on my iphone gives me the option for facetime - you can switch to that during a call. Very convenient - and that's why it's used by everyone on ios. for your last point: I do install googles apps on ios, just to see if they're just as good as they're on android. and google does a great job making apps on ios - they deserve the 4.7 rating for this app and others as well. At home i have a PC with chrome browser and it integrades with my iphones safari extreemly well along with favorites and other features. everything i do on chrome on PC is mirrored to my safari on ios and honestly it's because of google (not apple) that it's possible due to extensions. so yes there are plenty of people that long for crossplatform apps - and we do install google apps and test them - but they stay for a short time as theres no use for them when no one on the other end uses them. I hope that DUO will grow (feel sad for ALLO to be discontinued by google).

11. KakashiHatake4444

Posts: 79; Member since: Jul 30, 2018

I love Allo!!!

14. Vokilam

Posts: 1181; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

just a joke, but the reason why DUO isnt catching on, because no one wants to say "can you DO me?"

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