Google Duo will soon support audio calls in addition to video chat

Google Duo will soon support audio calls in addition to video chat
One of Google's two new promised communication apps has been released and in the early run, Google Duo is getting mixed reviews. Generally, the video chat app does well in that main aim, but because that's all it does and there are no more advanced features, people are a bit down on it. However, one extra feature seems to be on the horizon.

One of the nice features of Duo is that it will automatically scale the video quality based on your connection speed. Google has said that eventually it will even fallback on audio-only if the connection gets too bad. But, those on limited data plans also would like to have the option to forgo video all-together and go for audio only calls and a Google employee has confirmed that will soon be an option. 

When asked on Google+ about potentially getting audio only calls through Duo, Amit Fulay, product lead for communications at Google, said simply, "Coming soon." Although it is unclear when "coming soon" might be. 

Fulay was also asked about the possibility of getting group video chats and other customization features that users like, but he didn't respond to any of those questions. 

source: +Amit Fulay



1. AlikMalix unregistered

Like FaceTime? Cool. BTW: Google always has awkward names for their services. "Hey can I Duo you?"

4. Unordinary unregistered


5. kiko007

Posts: 7520; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

The proper way to say that is "You pervert!" while flailing about and blushing awkwardly (I've watched too many animes.....they've messed up my social equilibrium).

9. lyndon420

Posts: 6871; Member since: Jul 11, 2012 made me laugh. First time for everything I suppose.

11. DnB925Art

Posts: 1168; Member since: May 23, 2013

That I agree with. Examples: Google Play Music All Access (super long) but reduced to Google Play Music, but also along those lines calling the app store store Google App Store to Google Play Store Project Loon (although I think it is short for balloon) Jaiku Piknik Orkut Meebo OnHub Waze Tango

2. cncrim

Posts: 1590; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

And it need to support email as well otherwise I see no point of this Duo. As right now I found Hangouts is more superior minus simplicity.

3. NexusX

Posts: 613; Member since: May 16, 2013

Just fix hangout dialers latency, then you got a winner, Nobody cares about another video chat app

6. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Awesome! I got the app.... ... ... now what? I don't know anyone else that has it...

7. kiko007

Posts: 7520; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

The story of Google's luck with messaging apps in a nutshell unfortunately :-(. Ask my GF to try it.......she looked at me like I asked her for a Santa Clara Fearsome Foursome (SCFF.....) and walked away.

10. zex999

Posts: 92; Member since: Feb 14, 2016

That's the problem. The appeal of Facetime is also it is essentially integrated into iOS. Anyone that has an Apple product is connected. No sorting through who has viber or skype or whatsapp or hangouts. Duo needs to be integrated into Android essentially connecting billions of users.

12. DnB925Art

Posts: 1168; Member since: May 23, 2013

I'm hoping it (along with Allo) becomes the default on the new Nexus devices and then rolling out in Nougat (either in the initial release or in Nougat 7.X updates).

14. AlikMalix unregistered

This! right here!!! Google needs to force it on every android device. I have on numerous occasions facetimed my customers and that was the first time they ever used it (you know they have it because the "switch to FaceTime" option shows up during a regular call if they have iOS device or texts show up as blue bubbles, or an option if you forcetouch their phone number or contact info). Anyways - don't have to ask them to install some app or activate or verify what they have - just FaceTime them regardless if they can use it or not - they just have to press the green button (just like a call) - and I can explain what's wrong and what needs to be done at their property. Android NEEDS THIS to be standard.

8. emmawilliam834

Posts: 241; Member since: Feb 09, 2016

They should really make an integrated chat too!!

13. DnB925Art

Posts: 1168; Member since: May 23, 2013

It'll be done separately in Allo. I think Google wants to keep Allo and Duo separate for now for the sake of simplicity. Surprisingly, Duo is very fast and the quality is much better than Hangouts IMO. I think Google's approach is to start over and build a good app from the ground up than trying to fix Hangouts since it got really big and bloated and quite messy.

15. AlikMalix unregistered

Doing something from ground up is a good thing. But Google needs to zero-in on one standard app - not buncha different ones on top of the third party offerings. But yes, it wouldn't hurt to just build something new from ground up!!! Apple should do a few services too (I like iTunes, but many seem to not understanding it).

16. WAusJackBauer

Posts: 456; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

They've been working on this app for ages and even after being released it's half baked.... I don't know how this happens.

17. kryme

Posts: 469; Member since: Oct 24, 2013

Google is playing around.... This should be an app for iOS marshmallow and lower... And for android n and beyond it should be built in...

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