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Four new Google Duo features to help you stay connected during Lockdown

This Quarantine is getting quite bore as one has to stay at home all day. Everyone is missing their daily routine, office, schools, colleges, friends, colleagues, and loved ones. In spite of these conditions, I’m somewhat satisfied with Google’s Duo for Video calling. Using the app I can connect to my friends, my colleagues, and even a few days back we celebrated our friend’s birthday on the same app. According to a report, every week more than 10 million new users are signing up for Duo, and call durations have increased by ten times. This app is very much user-friendly compared to other video calling app as because of following new features as;

1. Make improved quality and secure reliable calls

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.
Duo is end to end encrypted.

The app is end-to-end encrypted. Duo users experience no audio interruptions as the app uses Artificial intelligence and in upcoming days, a new video codec technology will be introduced to improve video quality even on very low bandwidth.

2. Capture special moments

While a video call if you want to capture a moment, the app provides you the feature of taking a photo together.

Take a photo of a video call

  1. Start or receive a Duo video call, as usual.
  2. At the bottom left, tap Take a photo.

“The way we get together has changed, but we’re still making memories, whether it’s watching someone blow out their birthday candles on a video call, or video chatting with friends while cooking dinner”

Dave Citron (Duo group product manager) says.

3. More number of participants in group video calls

Recently, group calls have increased to eight times on Duo. Consequently, the app has an updated group size to 12 participants (increased from 8).

4. Let someone know you’re thinking of them

Apart from sending video and voice messages, photos, texts, doodles, and notes, a new feature has been added to the app. With the help of this feature you can say “I miss you” or “I’m thinking of you”. The feature uses AR (Augmented Reality) effects.

Enjoy the app in this pandemic and stay connected with everyone.
Stay home, Stay safe.

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