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Google Duo reaches one billion downloads

It only took Duo six months to gather 500 million downloads and hit the one billion milestone.

Published onDecember 25, 2018

According to Play Store statistics recently spotted by Android Police, Google Duo is the latest Google app to be downloaded one billion times.

One billion downloads is quite the milestone to hit, especially when you consider the app’s 500 million downloads by June 2018. That means it only took Duo six months to gather the remaining 500 million downloads.

You can partially thanks Duo’s expanded support for iPads, Android tablets, Chromebooks, and Smart Displays for the substantial jump in downloads. You can also thank Duo being pre-installed on most Android devices, which might diminish the one-billion-download milestone a bit.

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Then again, the only app not pre-installed on Android devices that reached one billion downloads is Subway Surfers. Let that sink in for a bit.

On a related note, Google engineer Justin Uberti tweeted that the company has “a lot more in store for 2019.” He remained tight-lipped when asked what new features Duo will include, however.

Announced during Google I/O 2016, Duo is the company’s video calling service that competes with the likes of Skype and FaceTime. Duo’s highlight feature is Knock Knock, which presents a live preview of the caller before you answer.

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