After announcing Duo at I/O 2016, Google launched its video calling app on Android and iOS platform on August 15. In just a week since its release, the app had already crossed 5 million downloads on Android smartphones and tablets. The app had also managed to make its way to top free apps on Google Play Store. Google CEO Sundar Pichai had also announced the success of Duo in a Tweet. Now, as the app completes a month since its release, it has already crossed 10 million downloads on Android devices. The milestone achievement is impressive, but this time around, the app has plummeted to 27th position. Also Read - Google Play Store announces blanket ban on Sugar Daddy apps over sexual contentAlso Read - Google, Facebook make vaccination mandatory for employees returning to office
The cross-platform video calling app by Google competes with the likes of Apple s FaceTime and Microsoft s Skype. One of the reasons for the growing popularity of Google Duo is the simplicity. FaceTime is exclusively available on iOS, whereas to use Skype, user has to sign-up and create an account. However, to use Google Duo, all you need is your mobile number, just like WhatsApp, and Hike Messenger, among others. After registering using your phone number, all your contacts will appear in the app, and a video call is just a tap away. Also Read - Fake Battlegrounds Mobile India (BGMI) Lite APK links going viral on the internet: How to spot them
Today, there are a lot of video calling apps and services, but due to fluctuating internet connectivity, the video calling stream stutters, ultimately resulting in poor experience. Google, with its Duo app aims to resolve this problem. Google mentioned that the app is designed in such as way that it can easily connect via Wi-Fi or mobile data. It has also optimized the app to work smoothly on 2G connection. So, if you re on-the-go and network conditions are changing, the app will adjust the video quality accordingly while ensuring that the connection doesn t get abruptly disconnected. Also read: Google Duo first impressions: A no-frills video calling app that needs performance improvement
We had given the app a try and experienced that it wasn t that efficient. While some calls got connected smoothly, at times we faced frequent call drops and freezing video streams. Considering its still in early phase, improvements can be expected as Google fixes some issues with updates. ALSO READ: Google s video calling app Duo crosses 5 million downloads on Android
One of the key highlights of Google Duo app is the Knock Knock feature where the recipient gets to see the live video of the caller, even before answering the call. With privacy being one of the major concerns, Google says that all video calls on Duo are end-to-end-encrypted. This means all your calls and conversations will not be accessible to third-party. While Google Duo s achievement is noteworthy, it remains to be seen if it can surpass the popularity of Skype and FaceTime.