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Google Duo lets iPad users call their Android friends

It's officially on Android tablets now, too.
Steve Dent, @stevetdent
August 28, 2018
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Since Duo is supposed to replace Hangouts as your all-purpose mobile video and calling app, it's hard to believe there's been no tablet-specific version. Google just rectified that with the release of Duo versions for both iPad and Android tablets. That could entice some iOS users with Android friends to switch, as rival app Hangouts is still limited to Apple's walled garden.

Sure, you could install iPhone and Android smartphone versions of Duo on your tablet already, but the formatting was awkward on a larger device. Duo now takes better advantage of the extra tablet space, particularly if you're doing a group video message. The iPad version is definitely new, but some Android tablet users have had it now for a while, so Google apparently did a limited rollout earlier this summer.

Duo has become the default Android calling app, while Hangouts is now relegated to business use. Duo started off as a rather bare-bones app designed to work with poor connections, but Google has gradually added features like screen-sharing and, most recently, multiple device support. Companion app Allo hasn't garnered the same attention, but Google seems to have big plans for it.

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