Google Duo Stories September 16

Google’s various Material You revamps just keep coming, today with the arrival of Google Duo’s redesign.

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Google Duo Stories August 6

With Meet getting Google’s full attention over the past year, Duo has not seen a meaningful update in quite some time. Google Duo is soon receiving a homescreen redesign that adds a “New Call” button that hopes to simplify the app.

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Google Duo Stories May 26

At the end of 2019, Google Duo and WebRTC creator Justin Uberti became a high-ranking engineer for Stadia. The Google Distinguished Engineer announced today that he was joining Clubhouse, the audio social media app.

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Google Duo Stories April 6

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.

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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.

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Google Duo Stories January 14

Samsung devotes a portion of every Unpacked event to talk about its partners, and the Google segment today revealed how Messages is “native” on the Galaxy S21, while you can connect Duo video calls to your TV.

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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.

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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.

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Google Duo Stories September 17, 2020

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, video calling has reached new heights. As a result, Google recently announced that its Duo calling service would be coming to Android TV soon. Today, the service started rolling out but with a slight catch — it doesn’t fully work yet.

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Google Duo Stories September 15, 2020

For three months in 2018, Google Duo offered built-in screen sharing on Android. After we spotted work on the feature again this June, Google today announced that the capability is coming back to Duo.

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Google Duo Stories August 27, 2020

In addition to Meet adding Chromecast support earlier this month, Google today briefly teased and detailed Google Duo for Android TV. It will let you make video calls from the biggest screen in your home.

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Google Duo Stories August 19, 2020

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.

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Google Duo Stories August 14, 2020

With classic Hangouts on the way out, Google today has two video calling apps. However, that is one too many for the company, and sources familiar with the matter tell us that Google Duo will eventually be replaced by Meet.

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Google Duo Stories July 7, 2020

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.

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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.

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Google Duo Stories June 12, 2020

In 2018, Google Duo for Android briefly had a screen sharing feature that was quietly removed after three months. The mobile app is today working on that functionality again. expand full story

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.

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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.

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Google Duo Stories May 8, 2020

Work and personal video calling are surging in light of COVID-19, with Google announcing a handful of new Duo features last month to support that demand. Google Duo is soon adding group calling on the web and link sharing, as well as a family mode.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

Sunday, March 8 is International Women’s Day and Google is celebrating with a homepage Doodle that features a multilayered 3D paper mandala animation. The unique design is meant to convey “women coming together throughout the world—and generations.”

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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.

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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.

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Google Duo Stories February 7, 2020

Google is prepping to launch picture-in-picture video calls for Google Duo on the web, according to a source familiar with the matter. That means you’ll soon be able to make Duo calls and do other things on your computer at the same time.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Google Duo Stories November 20, 2019

Scooby-Doo is returning to movie theaters in May of next year, and well ahead of that movie’s launch, Google Duo is joining in on the fun with some new effects.

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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.

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Google Duo Stories October 23, 2019

Google’s Messages for web client now features integration with Google Duo. Recently rolled out, this matches functionality in the Android app, and allows you to quickly place a call from a text conversation.

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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 has slowly been rolling out dark mode to all of its Android applications over the past several months. Now, Google Duo is getting a dark mode, but only in a server-side update.

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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.

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