Google Duo Audio Calls Now Rolling Out To Google Home Devices

Google Duo is the company’s answer to video calls. Previously Google had largely relied on Hangouts for video and audio calls, but with Hangouts now focused more on enterprise users, those who wanted to make video or audio calls over the internet had to use Duo (as one of the many alternatives).


Google Duo Can Now Be Accessed From The Web

A couple of years ago, Google launched new communication tools in the form of Allo and Duo. Allo (which will be shutting down) got its own web client where users could access their Allo messages on the web which allowed them to send and receive messages on their computers instead of their phone.


Google Duo Web Client Reportedly In The Works

For a while it seemed like Google’s Allo was the company’s next attempt at creating a consumer-based chat client, with Hangouts being focused towards enterprise users. Google even went as far as creating a web client for Allo that allowed users to chat with each other from their computers.


Google Duo Has Been Downloaded 1 Billion Times

Video calling apps aren’t exactly new. Skype offered up similar functionality for the longest time ever, then pretty much every messaging app such as WhatsApp, Messenger, LINE, and so on started to offer up similar features as well. However it turns out that Google’s Duo could be more popular than we thought in such a competitive space.


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Google’s Duo Has Been Optimized For The iPad

There are plenty of video calling apps in the market today, but yet Google felt compelled to launch its own in the form of Duo. The app is available on iOS devices as well which presumably has been created to compete against Apple’s own FaceTime feature, and the good news for iOS users is that the app has been updated to be optimized for use on the iPad.


Google Assistant Can Now Make Duo Calls For You

While the touchscreen definitely changed the way we interact with our mobile devices, things have definitely changed in recent years as there seems to be an increasing emphasis being made on voice commands made to digital assistants such as Alexa, Siri, and Google Assistant, thus removing the need to physically interact with our devices.


Google Duo Introduces New Screen Sharing Feature

Screen sharing is a useful feature to have if you’re trying to show someone something, or if you’re trying to help with something, like in technical support. Now there are a variety of ways for users to screen share their smartphones, but more recently Google has added the feature to its Duo app.


Google Pulls Latest Duo Update Following Low Call Volume Bug

Software updates are usually a good thing because it can mean either introduction of new features, or improvements to existing ones, as well as potentially squashing bugs and also patching security vulnerabilities. Unfortunately updates do not always go as planned, such is the case with the latest update to Google’s Duo app.


Google Duo APK Teardown Hints At Multi-Device Support

With apps like Apple’s FaceTime, it can be used on multiple devices, such as the iPhone, iPad, and even Mac computers, which is kind of the point as it’s supposed to allow users to be reached across a variety of platforms. Duo, which seems to offer similar functionality, is pretty much limited to single devices.


Google Duo Allowing Users To Call Others Who Don’t Have The App

If you wanted to call someone using WhatsApp’s voice/video calling feature, they would also need to have WhatsApp installed. This is same for other VoIP/messenger apps like Skype, Viber, and so on. This was also true for Google’s Duo app, at least until recently where it seems that Duo is now allowing users to make calls to non-Duo users.


Google Duo Could Be Coming To Tablets Soon

At the moment Google’s video-calling app Duo is pretty much limited to mobile phones, which means that if you wanted to use it on a tablet, it’s not possible, at least not in an official capacity. However it seems that Google could be working on a way to bring Duo onto tablets, according to a recent tweet by one of the app’s developers.


Google Enables Duo Video Calls From Ongoing Phone Calls

With iOS devices, when you make a phone call using your iPhone, you also have the option to turn on FaceTime assuming that the other user has FaceTime enabled. This is something that Google is trying to do with Duo as we have seen from an previous APK teardown, where Google is looking to integrate Duo with Android’s Phone app.


Google Phone APK Teardown Hints At Duo Integration

With the phone app on iOS, the call log will show the various calls that users have made or received from various apps, such as WhatsApp, LINE, Messenger, and so on, and this is something that Google wants to integrate into the Google Phone app for Android with its video calling app Duo.


Duo Is Asking To Integrate With Your Phone’s Call History

Duo is Google’s new video calling app that was originally announced last year alongside Allo, Google’s new messenger platform. Duo had originally launched with only support for video calling, but a couple of months ago Google started to allow audio-only calls to be made using the app.