Duo hasn't been the hit success that Google expected it to be, but that should only serve as motivation for engineers to make it better. The video-chatting app has just been updated to version 5.0, which not only fixes a few bugs, but also improves on the entire user experience.
First of all, here are the release notes (in tweet form) from Justin Uberti, Duo's technical lead:
Duo 5.0 relnotes (12/5):
• Major video quality improvements
• Simpler signup flow
• Seamless camera rotation
• Fix sound not playing issue
— Justin Uberti (@juberti) December 6, 2016
It's nice to see video quality being improved so much that it can be called "major," as that's obviously a big part of what makes a video-chatting app good. A less complex signup process is also welcome; I always felt like the existing one was a bit long. And it's quite obvious that a fix for a sound not playing problem is good news. After all, sound is half the experience with these video chat apps.
"The lines all go up, so I'm happy." - Chandler's boss
To back up his claim of the improved video quality, Uberti also tweeted out a graph regarding user experience with a clearly positive trend, though it's hard to tell exactly what the graph means without any labeled axes. Uberti also noted that "massive energy" is being used on Duo media quality, and that although developing and improving algorithms takes time, there's a lot of stuff in the works.
Duo 5.0 should be rolling out already, but if it hasn't already hit your device, we've got an APK you can download.