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Google Duo doesn't require a phone number (on the web) anymore

Google has silently rolled out a big change for its Duo video calling service, which now allows you to place and receive those calls from the web without needing to link Duo with a phone number. We don't know precisely when this change occurred, but in our own testing, the feature is already live, though it is incomplete: It doesn't appear to work with G Suite accounts, and while you can make calls just fine, it's a little awkward for others to call you.

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๐Ÿ˜ฎ Google Duo video messages now let you respond with emoji reactions ๐Ÿ˜—๐Ÿ‘Œ

Whether your reaction to the brand-new decade is excitement, fear, or entirely understandable anxiety, now you have one more method of expressing that emotion to others. At least, if you use Google Duo. Google's video messaging app has just added support for emoji-based reactions. 🎉

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Justin Uberti steps down as head of Google Duo, now works as leading engineer for Stadia

Justin Uberti is best known as the head of Google Duo, a role he took on after helping to develop the underlying technology that powers Duo and other web-based video products — WebRTC. After years of steering the development of Duo, Uberti has taken on a new role in Google's game streaming service.

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Google Duo testing a bottom bar UI during calls

With phones getting taller and taller, Google has grown fonder of bottom bars in its apps. The latest app to get a new interface centered around moving essential shortcuts to the bottom is Google Duo.

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Duo video call integration spotted in Google Messages web app

Based on at least one report we've received, Google may be testing adding Duo integration into the Messages web app. A new prompt may be appearing for some, implying that Duo will be using your contacts in Messages to check for availability on Duo, which links to a support document by Google which confirms this integration. Following this prompt, a new icon for Duo-based video calling appears in supported conversations on Messages.

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Google Duo's new filters and effects let you become a purple cat

Google has been working on implementing live filters and effects for Duo video calls over the course of the past couple of years. We've seen a few of them pop up for special holidays like Holi and Valentine's Day, but today, we finally have a bank of 13 standard fare filters and effects to embarrass ourselves with when chatting with our colleagues, friends, and loved ones.

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Knock Knock! Happy third birthday, Google Duo

Three years ago today, Google launched Duo, the video calling app and service it teased a few months earlier during I/O 2016. Along with Allo, Duo brought about a shift in Google's messaging and communication strategy. It spelled the beginning of the end for Hangouts and the switch to a more simplistic approach that didn't pan out well for Allo. Duo, on the other hand, is still advancing. It may not have completely revolutionized video calling, like Google had hoped, but that doesn't mean it isn't a success.

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Google Duo gains call reminders and support for calling Home devices

In contrast to the sad state of Google's messaging apps (cough, Allo, cough, Hangouts, cough), Duo has become a quality alternative to other video-calling applications like Skype. The company shows no signs of leaving the service in the dust, either, as new features like web browser support and group calling have recently made it into the product. The latest functions to be added to Duo are the option to set call reminders and direct Google Home calling.

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[Update: Official statement from Google] Google Duo users around the world are receiving ads for the Indian cricket team

Despite facing fierce competition, Duo managed to make a name for itself and even passed more than one billion downloads on the Play Store. A nice touch that makes the app fun to use is the special video effects it features during holidays such as Valentine's Day or Holi. Continuing with the tradition, Google wanted to celebrate the launch of the twelfth Cricket World Cup with a special message to supporters of the Indian national team. However, there seems to have been a targeting glitch, as people in many other countries are receiving it, despite having absolutely no ties to the country.

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Google Duo gets new contact screen, audio messages, and more in server-side update

Usually, Google bundles up new features in big app updates that you can sideload, but it's increasingly common for new features to just show up after a server-side switch gets flipped. That's the case today with Duo. The way you select contacts is different, and you can do different things with them.

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