The Google Duo turns five today, and at the time, despite fierce competition, it became one of the best video calling apps. So to celebrate its anniversary, let’s take a look at the Duo features.
It was a long way from here, with a lot of skepticism about launching Duo and Allo. In fact, you will find that most of the cover for 2016 largely ignores the Duo and focuses on a series of unfortunate events that have befallen its siblings. But while the spotlight shone elsewhere, it gave the Duo the opportunity to mature.
One of the Duo’s biggest strengths is its extensive list of features, which range from exotic to useful. AR features may not be very useful, but they are a lot of fun and they never fail to smile at those in touch.
Page sharing is undoubtedly my favorite feature. Whenever I need to talk to a family member about how to do something on my phone, this is often how I do it. This is much easier than sending them a screenshot of where to go or what to do, and is especially useful when I can not see them in person. I find it amazing that people like FaceTime already have this basic feature. There are many other features in the Duo, but these two are my favorites.
Left: Duo AR Features Right: Screen sharing
But perhaps the best thing the Duo has to offer is its reliability. Before we got married, my wife and I lived about four hours apart, and despite everything that happened in 2020, the Duo was our only way to meet each other. Despite a poor internet connection at my partner’s house, the Duo was never able to connect our calls and then hold them for hours at a time.
The Duo can do this thanks to the way video and audio playback is cut off – only if the connection is bad enough, and also switches between mobile data and Wi-Fi without changing the call. We tried a lot of options for the Duo last year, but nothing came close to the Duo in terms of reliability.
I’m not the only one who likes Duo, as it has over one billion installs and a 4.5 star rating after almost eight million reviews. We hope that Google will continue to develop and improve the Duo over the next five years, not destroy it prematurely and replace it with something worse. Google doesn’t do that, does it?