Google Duo to be available on Android TV soon

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After bringing in Chromecast support for Google Meet, Google is now going to bring its video chat app Duo to Android TV.  Video calling app Google Duo is soon launching on Android TVs and the company is rolling out a Beta on Android TV in the coming weeks globally.

This feature will work with Chromecast, Chromecast Ultra as well as second-generation Chromecast devices. Google Cast functionality is available for all Meet users, and casting works on Chromecast, TVs with built-in Chromecasts, and Nest displays. If a user’s TV does not have a camera built-in, he can simply plug in a USB camera.

Google said in a blog post, “The beta version of Google Duo for Android TV is going to be released in the coming weeks. Users can launch one-on-one group video calls with the app on the TV. If the TV doesn’t have a camera built-in, people can simply plug in a USB camera. Beyond TVs, Duo and Google Meet also work seamlessly with Nest Hub Max.”

Just like Google Meet, Google Duo is already supported on the Nest Hub, Nest Hub Max, and other smart displays that run Google software. The expansion over platforms and ways of how one can use Meet will help Google as it continues to compete with Zoom and Microsoft Teams.

Google Duo on Android TV will be a native app that will allow users to initiate a video call from their TV screen. With Google Duo, people will be able to make one-on-one or group calls. Google Meet hardware syncs automatically with Google Calendar so people can join meetings with a single touch.

he move continues Google’s push to bring its video communication apps to bigger screens. This feature will enable users to stream their meetings on the big screen. With this addition, the company provides flexibility for people to conduct their work meetings and be present at the meeting through TV and simultaneously work on the laptop.

Google finally has plans to replace Google Duo with Google Meet, but until that happens, the company wants to best optimize the use of the video chat app on all its platforms.

TJ Varghese, Group Product Manager, Google Meet hardware said in a statement, “2020 may go down as the year of the video call. It’s become an indispensable tool, one we all use more than we likely would have imagined. Whether you want to step away from the notifications on your laptop or phone to be more present in a meeting or you’re on mute in a larger meeting and want to concentrate on your task at hand, casting to your TV can help you be more productive and stay focused.”

Due to the work from home, scenario video calls have made a big place in our lives professionally and personally.  As per the company adding this feature is a positive decision as video calls aren’t going anywhere anytime soon.