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Google Duo is the latest app to get a fresh Material You look (APK Download)

Google Duo is the latest app to get a fresh Material You look (APK Download)

Android 12 is around the corner and Google is rushing to update all of its apps with the new Material You guidelines. In recent days, we got a taste of it in Calendar, Keep, and Drive. Now, Google Duo has also found its calling.

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Google Duo turns five, and it might even turn six before Google kills it

Google Duo turns five, and it might even turn six before Google kills it

Google Duo turns five years old today, and in that time, it's become one of the best video calling apps around despite fierce competition. So to celebrate its anniversary, let's take a look at what makes Duo so special.

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Google is working on a simpler homescreen for Duo

Google is working on a simpler homescreen for Duo

Have you found that the homescreen interface is confusing when you've used Duo? Actually, maybe I should back that up: have you used Duo? Google would really appreciate it if you at least tried it out. To that effect, it's listening to some users about ways to make the homescreen easier to use.

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Google Meet's new video filters look familiar

Google Meet's new video filters look familiar

Google Meet has played a crucial role in the lives of millions in recent times, and Google is still fleshing it out. The latest development sees the addition of video filters to the Android and the iOS app. And if they seem familiar to you, it's because Google's other video calling service, Duo, already has them.

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Oh god: Your parents can video call your next Samsung TV

Oh god: Your parents can video call your next Samsung TV

Video conferences are here to stay, at least for the near future. Taking a call from your phone or laptop can feel cramped, but using your television to lead a conference allows you to move around the room freely, just as you would in a boardroom. Samsung makes some of the best TVs you can buy right now, and with Google Duo support, you can finally call anyone from the comfort of your living room.

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Google is getting smart enough to decline Zoom calls if you aren't home

Google is getting smart enough to decline Zoom calls if you aren't home

If you live in a home wired up with Google Assistant, and you also use Google Duo, you might be tired of getting alerts for calls on your Google Home smart speakers. If you have other people in your home, they're definitely tired of hearing those alerts when you aren't even there. Google's working on a fix for this: using presence detection, it can optionally only start ringing your smart speakers and displays when your phone is physically present.

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Galaxy S21 users can apply custom backgrounds and snazz up video calls on Duo, Zoom, Teams, and Webex

Galaxy S21 users can apply custom backgrounds and snazz up video calls on Duo, Zoom, Teams, and Webex

Samsung always bakes new software features for its latest flagships, and this year's Galaxy S21 series is treated no differently. The smartphones were launched with One UI 3.1 that brought a bunch of new functionality, such as Google Discover on the homescreen and Director's View. There's another addition that's especially useful in a time where video calls have become the primary form of communication for a lot of us: custom video call effects.

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Samsung Galaxy S21 series officially supports Google Duo auto-framing

Samsung Galaxy S21 series officially supports Google Duo auto-framing

Google's Pixel Drops have introduced a bunch of interesting features for Pixel smartphones, including car crash detection and automatic call screening. Another such feature is auto-framing on Google Duo, which had been (at least according to Google) exclusive to the Pixel 4. Now that's getting a little company, as Google confirms the recently-unveiled Samsung Galaxy S21 series can also pull off the same trick.

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Google Duo and Messages might stop working on uncertified phones soon

Google Duo and Messages might stop working on uncertified phones soon

Duo and Google Messages are among the best communication apps Google has ever released, so it's no surprise that they're incredibly popular even among people whose phones ship without Google apps. Unfortunately, it looks like those uncertified phones might soon not be able to run Duo and Messages anymore. XDA Developers and 9to5Google have uncovered strings that reveal that the apps will soon stop working on unsupported devices.

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Tip: Google Assistant 'call' commands are contextual, and work in WhatsApp and Duo

Tip: Google Assistant 'call' commands are contextual, and work in WhatsApp and Duo

The new minimal Google Assistant that launched with the Pixel 4 (and is now available on the 4a, 4a 5G, and 5 too) has several tricks up its sleeve. It can answer contextual commands inside Chrome and reply to messages in apps like WhatsApp and Messages, among other features, but what we didn't know is that its call placing abilities are also dependent on the app you're using.

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