24 April 2019
If you are a regular Google Duo user, there is good news for you. Google has released the Duo web version for public use which means one can use the service even via a PC or a laptop. The web version works pretty much similar to smartphone/tablet apps and supports voice as well as video calls.
It is worth noting that Google has made Duo for web available only in select countries. The exact names of these countries have not been released but you can check for the availability by visiting the Duo website. If it is available in your particular country, then you will see an option to log-in to your account or create a new one. For those who are already signed-in to their Google account on the browser, Duo should sign you in automatically. It is currently accessible via Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Apple Safari web browsers.
Once logged in, Duo will show a horizontal list of recently contacted contacts. It will be followed by a search bar and a complete list of all your contacts on the platform. The search bar can be used for searching a particular contact easily and quickly. Clicking on a contact's name will show you a pop-up to grant permission for accessing the laptop's camera and microphone. When the permission is granted, you will be able to make video and voice calls with just one click.
Interestingly, Duo for web also supports Knock Knock feature which gives a preview of what the other person is up to before you pick an incoming video call. It can be enabled and disabled with ease via settings. The web version also offers an option to receive notifications as it happens on the smartphone app.