Google to reward users who introduce friends to Duo

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Credit: https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/07/11/google-duo-v37-may-adding-pause-video-chats-rewards-referring-friends-apk-teardown/

The last time I checked, Google’s video-calling app Duo already had over 500 million downloads recorded in its favor in the Play Store. That is not a bad stats for an app that is barely two years old. Though, Duo didn’t hit the ground running, it eventually picked up a couple of months after launch. Not satisfied with the app’s growth, Google is working on a reward program for users who introduce their friends to use Duo.

Google, according to Android Police, will reward you if you get your friends to ditch their current video-chat app for Duo. Details according to the report are still sketchy, but a recent Duo APK teardown per Android Police clearly points the way towards that direction. Strings of code within the APK teardown seems to show that the company is working towards some rewards program.

Let’s see how this turns out, but a reward program to encourage people to ditch their favorite video calling apps is not a bad idea.

Pausing video

Alongside the reward scheme, Google is also adding a Pausing video feature. Considering the fact you can already use a pause audio feature, Google is making it possible to do the same thing when in a video chat with your friends.

The popular video-calling app Duo finally rolled out multi-device support earlier in the month. You can now sign into the Dup video calling app on multiple devices. Some users have been able to access the app on a separate device, which means using two devices for a single account. It works on Android devices, and you can as a matter of fact have people call you with Duo ringing on both devices simultaneously.

To enable the new multiple-device functionality, simply double check just to be sure you have linked your Duo account with your Google account. Also, having it connected to your registered phone number will enable the multi-device support to work.

While your primary device gives you the option to delete your Duo account, the secondary one does not. You can, however, sign out of the second device so you can change accounts or log in with a different registered phone number.

Last May Google added an email address option so you can call your buddies via their Gmail address. Version 31 of the app now gives you the option to link your Google Account with the service.

“To connect with other people easily, link your Google Account to Duo. People with your Google Account, like your Gmail or phone number on Duo, can see that you use Duo and call you using the app.”

Against all odds, the video calling app has done pretty well compared to Allo, which was launched at about the same time as the former. Though, a slow starter, the developers have continued to add several popular features, and no wonder things are beginning to look up for the app that is barely two years old.


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Author: Ola Ric

Ola Ric is a professional tech writer. He has written and provided tons of published articles for professionals and private individuals. He is also a social commentator and analyst, with relevant experience in the use of social media services.

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