As we are all practising social distancing or are currently under a lockdown to safeguard ourselves and our loved ones from the coronavirus pandemic, we are meeting them over a video-calling app. Google Duo app, where over 10 million new people are signing up every week in order to stay connected virtually, has shared four new features to help you feel close to friends and family even when you’re apart.
In order to make secure and reliable calls when you can’t be together in person, Google Duo, which is end to end encrypted, is constantly making optimizations to ensure that a user’s video calling experience is clear and uninterrupted. “Duo already uses AI to reduce audio interruptions, and in the coming week, we’re rolling out a new video codec technology to improve video call quality and reliability, even on very low bandwidth connections,” Dave Citron, Group Product Manager at Google Duo, said in a blog post.
Besides this, a Google Duo user can now capture special and everyday moments with much more ease. According to an official blog post by Google Duo, “When you’re on a video call with another person, starting today you can quickly take a photo together to capture the moment on smartphones, tablets and Chromebooks, and share it automatically with everyone on the call. You’ll be able to do this on group calls and on more devices soon.”
Apart from this, Google Duo has increased the group size to 12 participants as against 8 participants for both Android and iOS users as group calling is on the rise.
In addition, Google Duo now makes it easy to send personalized video and voice messages when you can’t call. In the recent past, the Duo users are sending 180 percent more messages, with an 800 percent increase in regions particularly impacted by social distancing. You can say “I miss you” or “I’m thinking of you” using one of our latest AR effects. Moreover, Google Duo users will soon have the option to automatically save these messages instead of having them expire after 24 hours.
Recently, the tech giant also brought Google Podcasts to iOS for the first time and adding support for subscriptions on Google Podcasts for Web.
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