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You’ll Soon Be Able to Make Google Duo Calls from Your Google Home

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Have you ever wanted an in-home public address system to announce things like “Come down for breakfast.” well, it looks like you will soon have your wish granted, and this is all thanks to Google Home smart speakers. Those will soon support two-way audio conversations using Google Duo.

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Google Duo was released as a competitor to FaceTime, first allowing a two-way video calling on smartphone devices, the tablets and then web-based so almost everything else could join in and finally the camera-less Google Home Hub which allows incoming video but audio out. Thanks to Android Police, we are also aware that Google Home supports a two-way audio calling and that the feature is rolling out to devices.

When the Home Hub was first rolled out, Google confirmed that the two-way audio calls were possible on the smart hub. That made many to believe that the other Google smart speakers would also have the same functionality and it looks like they were right after all.

Google has added the two-way audio feature for Google Duo to the Google Home smart speakers. And it was done quietly; the only place the feature shows up is in the setup routine for the Google Home.

This means you can ask your Google Home to: “Duo audio call Speaker X” that if you have gotten the feature enabled on your Google Home device.

Here’s a video illustration of it in action:

How to know if you can use your Google Home for Duo audio-only calls:

  1. You have to create a Google Duo account because it’s a requirement, so create one either on your smartphone, tablet or computer whichever.
  2. Launch the Google Home app on your smartphone
  3. Tap on the Account icon at the top right corner
  4. Tap on the ‘Settings item’ on the left-side list
  5. Then tap on Services tab which is located on the header row
  6. Afterwards, tap on Voice & Video calls
  7. Then on Video & Voice Apps

Then look at the Availability section, which is at the bottom of this screen. If your Home Mini or Google Home is listed, then you should be able to make Google Duo voice-only calls. If all you can see is ‘Available on Smart Displays,’ then check back every other day as Google appears to be rolling out the functionality for all Google Home smart speakers currently.

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