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Google Duo Adds Four New Features to Help Users Ease Through Covid-19 Lockdown

File photo of Google Duo.

File photo of Google Duo.

The stay-at-home and work from home orders prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic have witnessed video-calling numbers go through the roof.

Google has started rolling out four new features in its video calling app Google Duo, along with a promise to add more soon. The search engine giant is rolling out a new video codec technology to improve video call quality and reliability, even on very low-bandwidth connections. The second feature that Google is releasing on Duo will allow users to click a photo during a video call.

One can take a photo together to capture the moment on smartphones, tablets and Chromebooks, and share it automatically with everyone on the call. One will be able to do this on group calls and on more devices soon, the company said.

"Every week, over 10 million new people are signing up for Duo, and in many countries, call minutes have increased by more than ten-fold," informed Dave Citron, Group Product Manager, Google Duo on Tuesday. Google recently increased its participant limit on video calls to 12 users and now the company has revealed its plans to further increase the limit.

Google is also adding a feature that will now automatically save video and voice messages that previously expired after 24 hours. Users can send personalised video and voice messages when they can't call. Google now lets its users say "I miss you" or "I'm thinking of you" using one of its Augmented Reality (AR) effects.


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