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Hangouts is replaced by Google Duo as a pre-installed app

Google Duo replaces Hangouts

Hangouts was Google’s new bet to compete with WhatsApp with a messaging application. Actually this came as a renewal of what was before Google Talk, but with characteristics more similar to WhatsApp, and with mobile applications. However, with the passage of time it has become clear that the company has failed to rival WhatsApp. And they have decided to renew their messaging applications, dividing them in two. One of them is Google Allo and the other is Google Duo. The first is a typical messaging app, while the second is more of a video calling app in the style of Apple’s FaceTime.

It seemed that Google Duo hadn’t quite taken off, which was not quite the video calling application of choice for users. However, that could change in some time. And it is that, as we already expected, Google Duo becomes one of the applications that manufacturers must pre-install on smartphones when they want to use Google Apps on them. That is, if they want to have the Google Play Store, Gmail and company, they will have to install all the other Google apps, including Duo. The funny thing is that Hangouts becomes simply optional. That is, manufacturers no longer have to install it. Still some could install it because it still offers something that we cannot find in the other two, such as the possibility of making video calls from computer to mobile. But since the app is also on Google Play, users who want it will be able to download it, and thus manufacturers can save installing one more app that only takes up space.

On the other hand, Google Duo will most likely become the first choice for users when they want to make a video call. Its operation is very similar to FaceTime, but with a vital difference, and that is that this app is also available for iOS, which makes it more versatile than its rivals.