Google’s various Material You revamps just keep coming, today with the arrival of Google Duo’s redesign.
Google Duo Stories September 16
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Google has unveiled Lyra, a new technology that allows Duo, and soon other apps, to offer natural-sounding voice chat with as little as 3 kilobytes per second of network bandwidth.
Update: Google has now made Lyra open source for other apps to use.
Google Duo Stories March 19
This clever Android TV box has a built-in camera that works with Google Duo
Last year as the COVID-19 pandemic was pushing millions to work from home and quarantine (and, hopefully, they still are), Google took advantage of the flexibility of Android TV to bring Google Duo to the platform. Now, there’s a dedicated Android TV box with a built-in camera that designed to make Google Duo a breeze.
Google Duo Stories January 21
It seems Google Duo may soon cease to work on uncertified Android devices, following the trend set by the Google Messages app.
Google Duo Stories January 14
Google Duo Stories November 23, 2020
Google Duo adds L’Oreal lipstick filter to glam up your video calls
Google Duo’s AR-powered video filters are set to get a little more “glam” with a series of new L’Oreal Paris lipstick filters usable when video calling your friends and family.
Google Duo Stories September 30, 2020
As a part of the first Feature Drop for Google Pixel devices, the company’s Duo app debuted a new feature that automatically keeps the subject of a video in the center of the frame. It’s a neat trick, but it was exclusive to Pixels. Now, Google Duo has expanded auto-framing to Samsung devices.
Google Duo usage has no doubt skyrocketed thanks to a global pandemic changing the way we communicate, but with a UI refresh late last year we lost a neat “camera off” toggle. Despite being M.I.A for some months, it looks like the option might be returning for some users.
Google Duo Stories September 17, 2020
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We detailed last week that Google would eventually replace Duo with Meet. As our report noted, the “pace of Duo development is winding down,” but that a handful of features are still in the pipeline. One of those, captions for video and voice Duo messages, was quietly announced by Google today.
Google Duo Stories August 14, 2020
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Google Duo for Android rolling out support for 32-person group calls
Since the worldwide pandemic fully hit earlier this year, major companies have been racing to improve their video conferencing and calling tools. Google Duo has seen several upgrades over the past couple of months and, now, the app’s Android version is adding support for 32-person group calls.
Google Duo Stories June 25, 2020
Video calls are booming in 2020, and dedicated home devices are particularly suited for casual conversations. Smart Displays, including the Nest Hub Max, are now adding support for Google Duo and Google Meet group calling.
Google Duo Stories June 16, 2020
While Meet lately has received the brunt of attention in the video conferencing space, Duo is still around for more personal conversations. After announcing a slew of new features last month, Google Duo is now rolling out support for group calls with up to 32 participants on the web.
Google Duo Stories June 12, 2020
Google Duo Stories June 9, 2020
Google Phone app gains easy access Duo button in contacts view
The Google Phone app is quite effective at being something of a one-stop-shop for getting in touch with your contacts via voice, text, and video. The latest improvement to the Google Phone app beta adds a debatably handy Google Duo button onto the app’s main screens.
Google Duo Stories June 8, 2020
The world as a whole is making more video calls than ever before, and that’s pushing just about every video calling service to up its game. Exactly a month ago, Google announced a slew of new features for Google Duo, including invite links, bigger group calls, and more. Now, invite links are rolling out to users.
Google Duo Stories May 26, 2020
Google Duo makes video calls pretty easy, but there’s still a roadblock or two to getting users going. Now, it appears Google Duo is preparing to solve one of those issues by allowing users to make calls without a phone number.
Google Duo Stories May 8, 2020
Google Duo Stories May 7, 2020
In recent years, Google’s messaging services have been split between consumer and enterprise. The latter has seen a slew of changes in recent weeks, including a rebrand and expanded availability. That barrier between the two types of apps is now blurring as Google today placed G Suite head Javier Soltero in charge of consumer messaging, and unified both teams.
Google Duo Stories April 21, 2020
Video conferencing has surged due to COVID-19 and the initial focus has primarily been on remote work tools. For Google, its enterprise Meet offering just saw a rebrand and new Gmail integration. The company today revealed similar growth for Google Duo and new features for the consumer calling service.
Google Duo Stories March 26, 2020
As we all work together to practice safe social distancing, we’re finding and adapting ways to replace that personal connection between friends, family, and co-workers, especially through video calling. To help more of us stay connected, Google Duo is expanding its group calling capabilities to allow up to 12 people into a single group call.
Google Duo Stories March 16, 2020
Google Duo creator says today is the biggest for video conferencing in history
As the coronavirus outbreak spreads across the Western world, people are flocking en masse to videoconferencing software to communicate with loved ones and work from home. Now, the creator of Google Duo says that today is “going to be the biggest day for videoconferencing in the history of the Earth.”
Google Duo Stories March 7, 2020
Google Duo Stories February 28, 2020
Google Duo appears to be preparing to add support for live text captions for incoming video and audio messages on mobile devices.
Google Duo Stories February 11, 2020
During the Galaxy Unpacked event, Samsung has announced that it’s going to deeply integrate Google Duo video calling with its phones starting with the Galaxy S20 and Galaxy Z Flip.
Google Duo Stories February 7, 2020
Google Duo Stories January 27, 2020
Google Duo is one of the company’s more popular efforts in messaging, and over time, the app has been built out to include more features. Today, Google is bringing “Notes” to Duo, and, no, it’s not another messaging service.
Google Duo Stories January 22, 2020
Without a doubt, the best video calling app on Android, and one of the closest competitors to Apple’s FaceTime, is Google Duo. We’ve uncovered evidence that Samsung is working on integrating Google Duo directly into the Samsung Messages app for Galaxy devices.
Alongside the Galaxy S20 next month, Samsung is expected to debut its second foldable phone. The Galaxy Z Flip folds horizontally unlike the Galaxy Fold, and apparently, that will allow the device to lock at a 90-degree angle for some camera apps.
Google Duo Stories January 16, 2020
With absolutely no fanfare whatsoever, Google has now made it possible to make Duo calls on the web without needing to link your phone number.
Google Duo Stories January 10, 2020
Google Duo 69 brings streamlined settings page on Android
Duo in recent weeks has seen a number of new features from Portrait Mode to emoji reactions. The latest is more minor and involves streamlining and grouping together related Google Duo settings on Android.
Google Duo Stories January 1, 2020
Google’s efforts in messaging over the past few years haven’t always resulted in success, but one of the more impressive products to come out has been Google Duo. Now, Google has added yet another new feature to Duo with reactions in video messages.
Google Duo Stories December 23, 2019
Google Duo recently added some new features for Pixel phones, and it appears more new features are on the way. In the latest Duo update, Google has been spotted working on a new “Moment” capture button that takes screenshots of the video call.
Google Duo Stories December 10, 2019
Yesterday, Google unveiled its first proper “feature drop” for Pixel phones, bringing a variety of new Pixel-specific features to apps like Google Duo. Another new feature has begun to become available for Google Duo, regardless of if you use a Pixel phone, in the form of portrait blur.
Google Duo Stories December 5, 2019
Google uses the Pixel Tips app to introduce you to the latest features of your Pixel phone. Today, the app has been updated with new information about upcoming features for Google Pixel phones, like Cards & Passes, automatic Call Screen, and portrait mode in Google Photos, along with some that are already beginning to arrive, like the Recorder app for older Pixels.
Google Duo, WebRTC creator Justin Uberti now leading Stadia engineering in Seattle
Getting AAA games to stream over the internet is a monumental engineering effort that’s made possible by several years of advancements. One of those is WebRTC, and its creator is now joining Stadia to head engineering.
Google Duo Stories November 26, 2019
Google Duo started as a simple video calling app which, as it’s gotten more popular, has also integrated many new features. Now, it appears Google Duo is testing an updated UI for calls which places functions along a bottom bar.
Google Duo Stories November 20, 2019
Google Duo Stories October 28, 2019
Google Duo has added three brand new video filters for your video calls just in time for Halloween and Diwali.
Google Duo Stories October 23, 2019
Google Duo Stories October 13, 2019
Google Duo makes an appearance with Logan Roy in ‘Succession’ finale
HBO’s hit business/media dark comedy Succession this evening wrapped up its triumphant second season. While we might all be talking about that ending, Google fans might have noticed Duo make an appearance early in the episode.
Google Duo Stories October 4, 2019
Google Duo Stories October 3, 2019
Since the launch of the Nest Hub (Google Home Hub at the time), it’s been possible to Duo call your smart display from a phone or call your loved ones from your Nest Hub. Meanwhile, the classic Google Home speakers were left without this handy feature, but not for long. As of now, you can finally place audio calls to your Google Home smart speakers via Google Duo.