Google Duo is almost ready for tablets
A very frustrating part of using video-calling apps such as Google Duo or WhatsApp is that you need a phone number to get them up and running. When installing them on a smartphone or a phablet, that is not a problem but becomes one on most tablets. Sure, some unofficial methods to avoid it might be available, but we are not talking about them since we do not recommend the installation of apps from sources that might not be safe.
Google Duo's lead engineer Justin Uberti recently replied on Twitter to a user who asked about tablet support for the app. The user asked for iPad support to use Duo with his daughter, and the rather cryptic reply was "Stay tuned..." and nothing more. While some might say that the brief reply above is not a confirmation--and they could be right--we think that launching Google Duo for tablets is something that must be done as quick as possible. After all, it would be a pity for this app to fade away simply because of this.
Competing apps like Skype or FaceTime can already work across multiple devices (tablets obviously included), so Google needs to expand the reach of the Duo app since the initial user response was largely positive thanks to the user-friendliness and snappiness of this piece of code.