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Google Duplex is now migrating to phones beside Pixels

Google Duplex's expanded roll-out may now be in effect. (Source: Google)
Google Duplex's expanded roll-out may now be in effect. (Source: Google)
Duplex is the strikingly realistic voice-enabled arm of the Google Assistant. It can carry out tasks such as booking tables at restaurants for smartphone users in 43 US states. It had been restricted to doing so on Pixel-line phones only; however, an XDA contributor has claimed that it may now work on devices from other OEMs.

Google had announced that its new Duplex feature would be distributed among Pixel-line phone users in 43 of the United States at the start of March 2019. This service uses the Mountain View giant's AI and audio processing neural network to hold entire conversations with humans. Its main stated use-case is to secure bookings or reservations for a device's owner so they don't have to. This seems like a particularly living-in-the-future level of convenience, although some may find it off-putting.

In its March 6 blog post, Google also mentioned that it aims to port Duplex to non-Pixel phones and to iOS devices in the near future. It appears that one part of this goal has come to fruition. Max Weinbach, an XDA contributor, claims that Google Assistant had booked a table at a restaurant for him using Duplex on his Samsung Galaxy S10.

Google Duplex on more Android phones and iOS may help with its current level of accessibility and uptake. On the other hand, many users with older models may find that it may not work on their phones due to a lack of dedicated AI processing capacities.

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Deirdre O Donnell, 2019-04- 3 (Update: 2019-04- 3)
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.