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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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Color in a sledding penguin with new Google Duo doodle drawings

Color in a sledding penguin with new Google Duo doodle drawings

Those video chats with your kids and their friends or relatives — via your phone or tablet, of course — are about to get plenty more festive with new AR face filters and some new color-in drawings to doodle on. The new doodle-able drawings are courtesy of Google Duo's relatively new family mode where the drawer can create works of art and the recipient can watch as they see it come to fruition, live on the line.

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Google is going all-in on turkey fun this Thanksgiving

Google is going all-in on turkey fun this Thanksgiving

Following its English to turkey translations in Search, Google has introduced some more fun Thanksgiving Easter eggs. On smart speakers and displays, the company has added a small audible and visual surprise when you tell the Assistant to set a turkey timer, and there is a new turkey filter in Duo that you can use for some laughs with your family while socially distancing.

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Google Duo's newest face filter adds a dash of lipstick

Google Duo's newest face filter adds a dash of lipstick

Google Duo has added more than a few fun face effects over the past few months, including a scarecrow for Halloween, a cat, and even a cactus (we're still not sure about that last one). Now another face filter has arrived, this time featuring a splash of capitalism.

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Google Duo's captions for audio and video messages are rolling out

Google Duo's captions for audio and video messages are rolling out

We aren't at the point yet where every Android phone is able to transcribe voice calls in real time, but what Google is doing with its video chat service Duo is a good first step: the app is now enabling captions for recorded voice and video messages.

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Google Duo's auto-framing feature comes to Samsung devices, no longer a Pixel 4 exclusive

Google Duo's auto-framing feature comes to Samsung devices, no longer a Pixel 4 exclusive

Last December, Google released its first feature drop for Pixel devices, kicking off a routine of bringing new capabilities to the phones each quarter. Included in the first drop was something called auto-framing for Google Duo. With auto-framing enabled, you can walk further away from your device, and Duo will zoom in to keep you focused and even follow you around the room so long as you stay within the shot. This feature had always been exclusive to Pixel 4, but it's now available on Samsung's Galaxy S20 range.

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