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Google's streaming video chat app Duo hits 100 million downloads

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Google's streaming video chat app Duo hits 100 million downloads
It took nine months for Google's streaming video chat app Duo to reach its first 50 million downloads. It took only two months for the next 50 million downloads to take place, and right now Duo has been installed over 100 million times. While there aren't any figures that tell us how often Duo is actually being employed, Google has made Duo a snap to use. In addition, starting last March Google released an update allowing audio calls to be placed over Duo. This makes the app even more useful.

Perhaps the most important thing that ran up the installation tally was the fact that in December, Duo started to come pre-loaded on new Android handsets right out of the box. These still count as installations even if they are never activated or are later uninstalled. In addition, Duo works with both Android and iOS while FaceTime remains iOS only. The multi-platform capability means that if an iOS owner needs to video chat his Android totin' buddies, or vice versa, Duo is the only app required.

Amit Fulay, who is the head of product for Allo and Duo, is obviously not one to stand on laurels. He disseminated a tweet stating that the app has been downloaded 100 million times in 11 months, and that there is "lots more to do." And to give credit where credit is due, Fulay personally responded to each person who sent him a tweet in response to his original missive.

Download Duo by clicking on the appropriate link (Android|iOS).


source: @amitfulay via AndroidAuthority

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posted on 17 Jul 2017, 10:25 1

1. Myphoneisonfire (Posts: 339; Member since: 05 Sep 2016)


Duo is absolutely the best . In my view even better than facetime. Facetime is sometimes spotty.

posted on 18 Jul 2017, 07:49

15. vincelongman (Posts: 5043; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


Give it a web app and add group call support, then IMO it could eventually over take Facebook Messenger, Skype and Facetime for video calling
But Whatsapp and WeChat are probably still gonna be dominant

posted on 17 Jul 2017, 10:41

2. Scott93274 (Posts: 5347; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


Awesome, I'm one of those 100,000,000... though I still have never used it. lol.

posted on 17 Jul 2017, 12:01

7. ahmuzencab (Posts: 173; Member since: 12 May 2017)


Same here. Their retaining numbers are absolutely terrible.

posted on 17 Jul 2017, 19:00 1

12. Scott93274 (Posts: 5347; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


I've heard nothing but good things about the app, but the issue is that you need to be networked with other people for it to even matter, and thus far, everyone I know uses Facebook Messenger or Skype, and have no interest in trying something new. ... maybe that'll change when Facebook Messenger introduces ads in their app, which I heard was coming soon.

posted on 17 Jul 2017, 21:57

14. ahmuzencab (Posts: 173; Member since: 12 May 2017)


the second FBM introduces ads is the second I uninstall. Hopefully Google supports Duo and such for years, as they have a bad track record for not supporting apps anymore/killing them shortly after released

posted on 17 Jul 2017, 11:05

3. Martineverest (Posts: 478; Member since: 27 Oct 2015)


I downloaded 4 times..... Still haven't used it

posted on 17 Jul 2017, 11:39

4. Tziggy14 (Posts: 526; Member since: 02 Sep 2014)


I'm glad the dozen daily users are enjoying the app.

posted on 17 Jul 2017, 11:54

5. cmdacos (Posts: 553; Member since: 01 Nov 2016)


Don't use the app much anymore especially now that it's integrated right into Allo.

posted on 17 Jul 2017, 12:00

6. Stranger (Posts: 49; Member since: 19 Jan 2017)


Duo is undoubtedly fast and in my experience better than FaceTime.

posted on 17 Jul 2017, 12:12 1

8. Eclectech (Posts: 253; Member since: 01 May 2013)


It's a solid app that deserves attention.

posted on 17 Jul 2017, 13:10

9. BuffaloSouce (Posts: 220; Member since: 01 May 2017)


Google should have this baked into their software for the Pixel 2 like FaceTime with the iPhone but better

posted on 17 Jul 2017, 13:12

10. Pitrich (Posts: 123; Member since: 13 Apr 2016)


I don't know one person who uses this app

posted on 17 Jul 2017, 13:50

11. Conkreet908 (Posts: 8; Member since: 13 Nov 2015)


I tried it for like two weeks but never used it.... No one in my circle of friends do video chatting

posted on 17 Jul 2017, 20:07

13. HumbleJ06 (Posts: 50; Member since: 10 Aug 2015)


Great app, use it with family and friends. Comes in handy now that my oldest is away at college.

posted on 18 Jul 2017, 14:38

16. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 1273; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)


it loads and streams effortlessly....that's why I like it.

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