Remember Google Duo? It’s a video calling app created by Google and which has been around for almost a year now. It had presented itself as the main competitor against Skype and FaceTime. One year on, Duo has reached 100 million downloads… But is anyone actually using it?
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Google Duo has captivated Android users…
11 months after its release onto the Play Store, Google Duo has reached 100 million downloads. Considering the app only totaled 50 million downloads at the beginning of May, the popularity it has gained with Android users is very visible. It’s a good result, but it’s worth noting that 100 million downloads doesn’t necessarily mean there are 100 million active users.
Duo’s latest updates have made the app distinctly more enjoyable and functional (audio calls are among the new features available), and with the release of Android O, it will introduce a picture-in-picture mode that’ll allow you to perform other tasks on your smartphone during a video call. The minimalist interface that previews the video, and the button that launches calls and video conferences are among Duo’s strong points, and it could be what’s pushing users to choose it over other apps like Skype, Hangouts and FaceTime. But what about WhatsApp?
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…but not all
What app do you use every day to send text messages? And video calls? I have WhatsApp, Telegram, Duo and Allo on my smartphone. These apps are in a folder called ‘Bla Bla’ (for obvious reasons). But inside the folder, there’s really only Telegram and Duo, as WhatsApp is always in the