In a bid to make video calling your friends and family better, Google Duo has now announced that it is rolling out a Beta on Android TV in the coming weeks. With Google Duo, the tech giant revealed that you can initiate one-on-one and group calls from your TV, and if your TV doesn’t have a camera built-in, you can simply plug in a USB camera.
Besides Google Duo, Google Meet on Cast can help you turn any room in your house into your own personal conference room, taking advantage of your TV or a Smart Display. “Whether you want to step away from the notifications on your laptop or phone to be more present in a meeting or you are on mute in a larger meeting and want to concentrate on your task at hand, casting to your TV can help you be more productive and stay focused,” said TJ Varghese, Group Product Manager, Google Meet hardware.
The blog post further added that Meet and Cast can also work together to simplify distance learning. Students can view their classmates and lesson plans on the big screen while working from their laptops, and teachers can get a broader view of their students on a call.
In order to get started, all you need is to have a Google account, update to the latest version of Chrome and ensure that your Chromecast device has the latest firmware installed. Google Cast functionality is available for all Meet users, and casting works on Chromecast, TVs with built-in Chromecasts and Nest displays.
Apart from TVs, Duo and Meet also work seamlessly with Nest Hub Max. The Google blog post added that you can simply say “Hey Google, join my next meeting” or “Hey Google, start a group call” and jump right into the video hands free, staying productive from a separate device on your desk.
With the Acer Chromebase and ASUS Remote Meet Kit from Google Meet hardware, the users can elevate their work-from-home space into a dedicated home office. Google Meet hardware syncs automatically with Google Calendar so they can join meetings with a single touch, and is built on Chrome OS which brings over-the-air updates, peripheral support and advanced management capabilities. This frees up the laptop for more immersive meetings.
Video calls aren’t going anywhere. But with new developments from Meet + Cast, Duo, Android TV, Nest Hub Max and Google Meet hardware, they can be a little more enjoyable.
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