Google Duo has now been installed over 100 million times

On this day next month (August 16th), it will be exactly a year since Duo, Google’s video chat app that was announced at the 2016 Google I/O, started rolling out to everyone worldwide.

Before that day comes, though, there is something else to celebrate for Duo’s users, fans and makers, it has been installed over 100 million times.

An excited Amit Fulay, the head of the product at Google, took to Twitter to share the good news:

The video chat app has recently added new features like audio calling.

Its text-only sibling, Allo, is yet to break the 50 million install ceiling despite having Google’s intelligent and futuristic Assistant long before it became available on devices standalone. This can mainly be attributed to the fact that at first, Allo, didn’t add any much value to users who were already stuck with other chat apps. That was unlike Duo which brought no-frills easy-to-use video calling to Android, something that has been lacking on the platform and remained a point of mockery by iOS users who have for long enjoyed the services of Apple’s FaceTime.

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