The ability to make audio calls in Duo is rolling out worldwide

Back in March, Google unveiled audio-calling in Duo but limited it to users in Brazil. At the time of the announcement it promised to bring the feature to the rest of the world “in the coming days,” but the global rollout took a little longer than expected. Nearly three weeks later, it’s finally arrived.

To make an audio call, simply switch the toggle at the top of the screen from video to audio. Like video calling, audio calls works over cellular and Wi-Fi, and is meant to be used “in those moments when video calling isn't an option—like when you’re about to hop on a crowded bus or have a poor network connection.” As Google describes, “Duo audio calls work well on all connection speeds and won't eat up your data.”

Google Duo hasn’t exactly been a runaway hit for Google, but it’s an important app in its arsenal. Essentially Android’s answer to Facetime on iOS, the app lets you easily set up a video call for anyone in your address book, provided they have the app installed first. And where Facetime is limited to Apple products, Duo is available across both platforms.

The feature is available for users in the Play Store and iOS App Store. If you're not seeing it on your Android phone, you can download the Google-signed APK from APK Mirror.

Calling for change: While the addition of audio calls in Duo is certainly useful, it doesn’t do much to help Google’s scattered messaging strategy. There are way too many apps and services to keep track of, with numerous overlapping features and functions. We’d love to see a unified system put in place that lets us chat and call from a single app, while keeping our conversations synced and accessible from any of our devices, but we're afraid that dream might be remain elusive for years to come.

IDG Insider


« G.Skill's excellent RGB mechanical keyboard is $105 today


Utah is the first Power Five school with its own varsity video games team »
IDG News Service

The IDG News Service is the world's leading daily source of global IT news, commentary and editorial resources. The News Service distributes content to IDG's more than 300 IT publications in more than 60 countries.

  • Mail

Recommended for You

Trump hits partial pause on Huawei ban, but 5G concerns persist

Phil Muncaster reports on China and beyond

FinancialForce profits from PSA investment

Martin Veitch's inside track on today’s tech trends

Future-proofing the Middle East

Keri Allan looks at the latest trends and technologies


Do you think your smartphone is making you a workaholic?