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Google’s video chat app, Duo, is now on iPad and Android-based tablets

The question remains if anyone will actually use it.

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Google has added iPad and Android tablet support to its Google Duo app. The change means Apple tablet users can now video chat with their friends who own an Android-based device.

In a new tweet, Google explains: “Rolling out over the next few days, the newest update lets you make video calls on Android tablets and iPads → .”


Until now, you had to install the smartphone version of Google Duo on iPad and Android tablets. This worked, of course, but it didn’t look right on the larger screens. (You’ll appreciate the change when you do a group video message.)

Google Duo originally launched two years ago and was previously only available on Android phones and iPhones. It is similar to Apple’s FaceTime in that it allows you to make video calls to anyone who also uses the app. The service has been met with mixed results due to issues with ease-of-use and convenience, but having the service now available on tablets should help that somewhat.

It will be interesting to see if Duo can find a place in the market, but if you are interested in trying it out, here’s what to expect from the Google Duo iOS app:

  • Simple interface: Pick a contact and jump right in, with a simple interface that makes video calling as easy as one tap.
  • The highest quality video calling app: Experience more reliable video calls with excellent video quality whether you’re on Wi-Fi or on-the-go.
  • Works Cross-Platform: Duo works across both operating systems on smartphones and tablets, so you can call and hang out with friends and family using just one app.
  • Knock Knock: See who’s calling before you pick up with a live video preview.
  • Video Messages: Friend can’t answer the phone? No problem. Leave them a video message for them to call you right back. With a video message, you can still capture everything about that moment you wanted to share.

Duo can also be used to make voice calls when video is not available, but doesn’t that almost defeat the purpose?

The free Google Duo app is available now on both the App Store and Google Play Store.

Will you take advantage of the Google Duo app on your iPad or Android-based tablet? 

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Bryan considers himself a well-rounded techie, having written articles for MakeUseOf, KnowTechie, AppAdvice, iDownload Blog. When he's not writing, he's being a single dad and rooting for his alma mater, Penn State, or cheering on the Patriots.

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