Google Duo is now the most popular free app in Google Play, beats Pokemon Go and Facebook Messenger

Although it has only been around since the start of the week, it looks like Google’s new video calling app is already a smash hit in the US. Google Duo, the video chat app that the Android maker launched earlier this week, is now the most downloaded free app in the Google Play Store. 

Open up Google Play on your Android device, go the ‘Top Free’ section, and you’ll find that Google Duo is the #1 app in this category. Facebook Messenger and Pokemon Go complete the podium. Facebook, Snapchat, and YouTube Music complete the first page of the section. 
 
Given the strength of its competitors, it looks like Google Duo has managed to raise a significant amount of interest among Android users. 

It’s also worth pointing out that Google Duo has an average rating of 4.5, which is much better than the rating of Facebook (4.0), Facebook Messenger (3.9), and Snapchat (3.9). 

In the past week, many were quick to point out that Google Duo has little chance of actually competing against the likes of WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and FaceTime in terms of users. As it turns out, however, Google Duo is already a smash hit with Android users. 

After a limited initial launch in a number of countries around the world. Google Duo is now available globally. 
 
Getting off to a very good start is one thing, but maintaining this initial inertia is another story altogether. It remains to be seen if Google Duo will be able to convert this wave of initial users into daily active users. This Google Play chart tells us for sure is that many Android users gave the app a chance, but Google's real challenge is to convince users that Google Duo is their best option for video chats looking forward.

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10 Comments

1. Cicero

Posts: 1144; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

Just installed. We'll see how good will be.

2. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

There are some bugs. Most of the time the other party doesn't even gets the call....

8. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

I guess it's top cuz it's a Google app? Lol

3. vincelongman

Posts: 5745; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

I'm surprised its that high Its like 10-20th on the App Store of some countries too

4. adi90

Posts: 554; Member since: Dec 21, 2015

I am not able to register my mobile number .

5. kryme

Posts: 469; Member since: Oct 24, 2013

Hope it's a built in feature in N and beyond

6. chocowii

Posts: 478; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

In PH, it's still Pokemon Go, Facebook and Slitherio.

7. Unordinary unregistered

But still only 2 people out of 264 my contacts are using it. I hope more people catch on. Google did good with the simplicity of this app. Thing is, people dont want to download a new app just to video chat one person. "Hey download this app so we can video chat!" "Lol na". Everyone already has Messenger/Skype/Facetime. Once Google starts putting out nice catchy ads like the Google Photos ones on TV, it will gain more traction :)

9. neonix

Posts: 67; Member since: Aug 04, 2014

It's down to 2nd now, below Facebook Messenger.

10. ztkells

Posts: 41; Member since: Jan 26, 2011

Bahahahahha. Right...

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