Thursday , August 16 2018

Google Duo is Google’s answer to consumer friendly video conferencing, and according to the Play Store, it’s been downloaded more than 100 million times. It’s not hard to understand why, because it offers some of the easiest, most seamless and high quality video conferencing around. Sure, there are stalwarts like Skype and Hangouts, but neither are especially consumer friendly.

Google Duo is – there’s no account to sign up for, no mucking around. All you need is a phone number (like WhatsApp I guess) and then you’re ready to Duo with anyone else who’s installed the app. Earlier this year when at MWC 2017, I used Duo morning and night to talk to my partner and kids and it never missed a beat, even over unreliable WiFi connections.

The problem, though, is that Duo has only worked on phones. You couldn’t (and today can’t) use it on tablets, either on iPads or Android tablets, or things that are like tablets such as Chromebooks.  Apparently, and according to Duo developer Justin Uberti, change is coming:

From what we understand, the process will be the same – you still sign into Duo with a mobile number, and just punch the verification SMS into your tablet instead. Then, you can use Duo on the big screen.

It’s a small change, but a welcome one. I don’t use Duo often, but when I do, I’d love to use it on a big screen instead. Let us know if you’re the same!

Chris Rowland   Editor and Publisher

Chris has been at the forefront of smartphone reporting in Australia since smartphones were a thing, and has used mobile phones since they came with giant lead-acid batteries that were "transportable" and were carried in a shoulder bag. He saw the transition from AMPS to GSM, loved the Motorola StarTac, and got into Palm technologies in a big way. The arrival some years later of the original iPhone, and then the early Androids, awoke a new interest in mobile technology, and Chris has been writing about it since.

Today, Chris publishes one of Australia's most popular technology websites, Ausdroid. His interests include mobile (of course), as well as connected technology and how it can make all our lives easier.

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Gareth Oakes
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Yeah it’s really weird that it cannot be linked to a Google account. The use-case I have is my kids calling me from the iPad. I couldn’t get it to work so I’ve gone back to Hangouts.

Jack Bauer
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Wow it didn’t support tablets this whole time? Dodgy

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