Google first rolled out the audio calling feature to the Duo app at the end of March for the users in Brazil. The tech giant announced the availability of the feature in last August and it was only now that the feature could finally be made available for all the users.
Justin Uberti announced on Twitter that audio calling will now be available for all the users. A toggle has been added on the top of the app that will let you switch between video and audio calling. It maintains the idea of simplicity that Google designed the app with.
?? Google Duo's new audio calling feature now available worldwide! pic.twitter.com/gFQxQTcu2S
— Justin Uberti (@juberti) April 10, 2017
In May 2016, Google announced two new apps – Google Allo and Google Duo. The former was a messaging app with the integrated Google Assistant, while the latter was a video calling app. Both the apps use your mobile number as the identifier and do not a bit more than what they are designed for.
With Duo, you could just open the app, select the contact and start a video call, it is this straightforward. Google’s idea was to make things simple, but it didn’t work and both the apps are still trying hard to make their own space, much like almost every social networking platform from Google.
The two apps were made to take on the market leaders including WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and FaceTime. The apps failed miserably with Duo having just 27 million installations against 1 billion of WhatsApp alone.
Nevertheless, the new audio calling feature on Google Duo is a great addition to the already functional app and the app might gather a few more users interested especially in this feature.