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

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



1. Myphoneisonfire

Posts: 403; Member since: Sep 05, 2016

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

15. vincelongman

Posts: 5718; Member since: Feb 10, 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

2. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

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

7. ahmuzencab

Posts: 192; Member since: May 12, 2017

Same here. Their retaining numbers are absolutely terrible.

12. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 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.

14. ahmuzencab

Posts: 192; Member since: May 12, 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

3. Martineverest

Posts: 521; Member since: Oct 27, 2015

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

4. Tziggy14

Posts: 624; Member since: Sep 02, 2014

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

5. cmdacos

Posts: 4250; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

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

6. Stranger

Posts: 73; Member since: Jan 19, 2017

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

8. Eclectech

Posts: 355; Member since: May 01, 2013

It's a solid app that deserves attention.

9. BuffaloSouce unregistered

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

10. Pitrich

Posts: 239; Member since: Apr 13, 2016

I don't know one person who uses this app

11. Conkreet908

Posts: 8; Member since: Nov 13, 2015

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

13. HumbleJ06

Posts: 98; Member since: Aug 10, 2015

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


Posts: 1459; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

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

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