Google Duo and Google Allo didn’t do quite well after a hyped launch last year, however, in an attempt to heal a mediocre feedback, Google on Monday announced that it is rolling out Audio-only calls feature for Google Duo. The feature was first rolled out in Brazil last week. Up until now, Google Duo was only a dedicated video calling app.
Google Allo and Google Duo – Head of Product, Amit Fullay tweeted on Monday – “#GoogleDuo Audio calls is rolling out worldwide now …”
The app was first launched back in August 2016 and promised a lot with being fairly light on the memory and the famous Knock Knock feature which would allow one to see the preview of the caller before you pick it up.
Last year, Google also replaced Hangouts with Google Duo as one of the pre-installed apps on Android smartphones. If you haven’t checked out Google Duo yet, make sure to check our review of the app here.
After WhatsApp introduced video calling last year, Google Duo was bound to struggle. Further, apps like Skype has always been one of the top preferences for people who happen to do video conferencing a lot. Further, apps like IMO and Hike are also one of the major players in this segment. On the other hand, Google Duo is probably the most simple video calling app right now and adding the audio calling feature will surely help the people to have another good reason to download the app.
At the time of writing this story, we didn’t get the new update so we would ask you to hold on before we comment anything on the audio quality.