You can now make Google Duo audio calls on Home speakers

Photograph of Google Home Hub, Home Mini, and Home side by side

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!

Deal: Xiaomi Mi Box S and Google Home Mini for $85 ($24-off)

It might not be the best Android TV box available, but the Xiaomi Mi Box S is still one of the better options available. Pair that with the Google Home Mini, and you actually have an affordable way to use your voice to play movies and TV shows. You can spend even less if you look at Walmart, where the Mi Box S and Home Mini are currently going for $85.

That is a $24 discount compared to the $109 you would normally pay if you bought the Mi Box S and Home Mini separately. It might not sound like a significant amount, but you can put the $24 toward a Chromecast or even a second Home Mini.

You can pick up the Home Mini in either Charcoal or Chalk, but the Coral option is currently unavailable. We do not know when the promotion will end.

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Announced earlier in October, the Mi Box S is an updated version of the original Mi Box that debuted back in 2016. The Mi Box S lets you stream content in 4K and runs the latest version of Android TV that is based on Android 8.1 Oreo. The remote features a dedicated Google Assistant button that gives you quick access to voice commands. The remote also features dedicated Netflix and live TV buttons.

Under the hood is a quad-core CPU, 2GB of RAM, and 8GB of expandable storage. The back of the Mi Box S features one HDMI 2.0A port, one audio-out port, and one USB 2.0 port. Finally, the Mi Box S is notable for being one of the few Xiaomi products officially sold in the U.S.

You can either have the Mi Box S and Home Mini shipped to your or your closest Walmart store. You can grab the deal at the link below.