This milestone was revealed by Amit Fulay, Product Lead, Google Real Time Communications via a tweet, and a quick look on the Google Play Store shows he’s not pranking.
— Amit Fulay (@amitfulay) September 14, 2016
For the uninitiated, Google Duo is an app which seeks to revolutionise the way people make video calls on mobile devices.
The app has a simple interface, is fast and reliable and designed for humans to actually use – it feels warm and inviting.
It has a feature called Knock Knock, which shows you a live video preview of the caller before you pick up, thereby making calls feel more like an invitation rather than an interruption.
Video calls are in crisp HD video (up to 720p) and audio, optimized to work well even on bad networks – if bandwidth is limited, it automatically adjusts quality so you’re still able to connect.
Also, calls are seamlessly transitioned between cellular and Wi-Fi, so you don’t need to worry about what network you’re on.
Above all, Duo calls are end-to-end encrypted because security is such a big deal nowadays.
Yours truly has tried the app, and the fact that I don’t have to remember a password is a big deal for me – just like WhatsApp, you only just need your number to use the app.