You can now make Google Duo audio calls on Home speakers

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Google Duo is becoming an ever more popular option for those wishing to video call someone — especially now that you can make videos calls from the web. But now, Google is expanding Duo’s audio calling feature. As spotted by a user on Twitter, Google Duo audio calls can now be initiated and answered on Home speakers (via Android Police).

The expansion of Google Duo’s audio calls shouldn’t be too surprising. After the Home Hub was released, owners noticed that they could place Duo calls despite the Smart Display not including a webcam. Google confirmed the audio calling functionality to Android Police at that time.

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As long as you already have a Duo account, you can set up audio calls for your smart speakers within the Google Home app. The setting can be found in Account > Settings > Services > Voice & video calls > Voice & Voice Apps.

From our testing, it appears as though the Duo calling feature does not work on third-party Google Assistant speakers. The limitation means that you have to own Home smart speakers to place calls via your phone number or Duo.

What do you think about this new feature? Do you think you’ll ever call someone on Duo over your Google Home speakers? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below!

Soon, you might be able to use Google Duo on the web

So far, using Google Duo has been limited to smartphones, tablets, and the majority of Chromebooks. In the near future though, the Google Duo video chat service could work on your laptop or desktop computer through your internet browser.

This new rumor comes from an anonymous source speaking with 9to5Google. According to the source, the web version of Duo will work in the Google Chrome browser (naturally) as well as other competing browsers like Mozilla Firefox and Apple Safari.

Since the service will be browser-based, we can assume there will be browser notifications for incoming calls and other alerts.

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However, it’s unclear how fully-functional the web version of Duo will be. For example, we don’t know if it will support the “knock knock” feature or the popular video messaging feature.

The anonymous source claims that we should see Google Duo for the web at some point in the coming weeks.

Google recently brought Messages (formerly known as Android Messages) to the web, which is one of its other consumer-focused messaging services. With Google Duo and Messages both available via a browser, it should encourage user adoption. That’s good news for Google, as other messaging services — especially those owned by Facebook, which are joining forces — are way ahead of the game.

What do you think? Will you use Google Duo on the web if and when it arrives? Let us know in the comments!

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