The latest version of Google Duo has arrived, but like so many other updates, nothing seems to change immediately after installation. However, as tradition dictates, there are a couple of interesting things to see in a disassembly. It seems that Duo will add support for setting contacts at the top of your list for convenient access. You should also be able to start making calls to smart screens linked to your account for an easy way to call home.
It is likely that the features discussed below are not yet active, or that they are only active for a small percentage of users. Unless otherwise stated, do not expect to see these features if you install the apk. All screenshots and images are true unless otherwise indicated, and the images are only modified to delete personal information.
How to set contacts
The Duo contact list is usable, but apart from keeping track of who you recently contacted, it is not possible. Much is offered in terms of personalization. However, it seems that users will soon get the ability to set contacts at the top of the list, or at least that's what a new line of text seems to suggest.
< string name  = " contact_action_pin_contact " > Contact Pin </ string >
There is not much to interpret about this, it's just a command that will be available in the long press menu in the contact list. Presumably it will lock people in the same area where recently used contacts are located.
Smart screens were launched with the ability to make video calls with Google Duo, but what happens if you want to call yourself? You can already do this using the Google Assistant, but strangely the application itself does not provide any particularly obvious way to do it. It is likely to change soon, since the Duo application seems to be gaining a new function to simplify the call to the devices you have at home.
< string name = " my_home_devices " > My Home devices </ string ] name = " call_home_devices " > Call my Home devices ] ] ]
The two lines above basically imply that you can see a list of devices attached to your account and call them with a single touch. It seems that calls go to all linked devices, but seeing that there is a list, maybe this will give users the option to call only individual devices. That would be good to avoid making noise near the rooms or other areas that should remain silent.
I do not have a smart screen, so I'm not in the best position to try this myself, but I suspect it is not alive yet for anyone. However, if you have a smart screen and Duo is linked to your account, try updating to the latest version and find out if the option may be active for you.
It may be worth asking if the decision to call "Home devices" may mean that this is not strictly limited to smart screens. Perhaps Google is expanding Duo calls to also support audio-only calls with normal Google Home units without an attached screen.
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