01 October 2020
Google has announced that Duo, its consumers’ video calling app is coming to Android TV as well. The app will first come out as a beta for testing and be rolled out as a stable release for everyone later. Google points out via its blog post that using Google Duo users can make one-on-one as well as group calls from their TV screens.
If your TV does not have a camera built-in, you can simply use a USB camera to get started with Google Duo, as advised by Google itself.
A week back Google announced Chromecast support for Google Meet, allowing you to create a personal conference room in your house only. While announcing the Duo support for Android TV, Google reiterates that the Chromecast support is now available on Google Meet as well.
Note that Google Duo is already supported on the Nest Hub, Nest Hub Max, and other smart displays that run Google’s software. So, this is Google’s one more effort to give its widely available video calling app another big push.
A report came from 9to5Google this month stated that Google might just phase out the Duo app in favor of its Meet app. If this is the case then Google might add some consumer-centric features to its Meet app so as to make it an apt option for just every kind of user. But this change may not happen too early. Sources familiar with the matter have stated that this could take Google complete two years to merge the two apps into one. But we do require some substantiality around this topic. Let’s see what comes next. Right now Google wants its video calling apps to span across as many devices and platforms as possible.
You will be able to install Google Duo on your Android TV via Play Store once it comes. You would need to check for it by going into the Play Store manually.