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Google Duo and Meet are coming to Android TVs

Google Duo and Meet move to bigger screens. (Source: Google)
Google Duo and Meet move to bigger screens. (Source: Google)
2020 may go down as the year of truly everyday video-calling and video-conferencing. Google has decided to facilitate this by adding support for its Meet and Duo apps to Android TVs. Therefore, these smart screens will be able to act as the displays for video-chats and work calls, so long as they have a camera.

There are many workers and consumers out there who have come to rely on video calls to replace their meetings and even social interactions in lieu of face-to-face contact as normal. As such, these individuals may also be ready for it to take on the full Back to the Future II-esque interface. Accordingly, Google has announced that it is ready to put its calls apps on a home's main screen.

The Mountain View giant has confirmed that Meet (which is mainly used for collaborations) and Duo are to be made compatible with Android TVs. The former requires that the screen in question has a Chromecast and that the device with the app installed on it has the latest version of Chrome.

Video conferencing should move seamlessly onto the TV thereafter - according to Google, at least. Duo, on the other hand, has a beta within the Android TV OS. A blog for the same has reported that this is now functional and can be downloaded from the relevant version of the Play Store, although it is not immediately visible from a smart screen's homepage.

Android TV Guide has noted that the user needs to navigate through Settings in order to open Duo on a TV. Needless to say, this also requires a camera to use all its functions (although a TV with mics alone may support voice-calls through the app). Many newer TVs have in-built cameras; alternatively, a caller could use one that connects via USB.

Android TVs now have a Google Duo beta. (Source: Twitter)
Android TVs now have a Google Duo beta. (Source: Twitter)

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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2020-09-12 (Update: 2020-09-12)
Deirdre O'Donnell
I became a professional writer and editor shortly after graduation. My degrees are in biomedical sciences; however, they led to some experience in the biotech area, which convinced me of its potential to revolutionize our health, environment and lives in general. This developed into an all-consuming interest in more aspects of tech over time: I can never write enough on the latest electronics, gadgets and innovations. My other interests include imaging, astronomy, and streaming all the things. Oh, and coffee.