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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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Google Duo's new-old feature lets you secretly swing by the toilet during a call

Google Duo's new-old feature lets you secretly swing by the toilet during a call

Back in November 2019, Google reworked Duo's in-call interface and moved the controls to the bottom, making them more easily accessible on larger screens. Surprisingly, when the change rolled out to all users, the video off toggle vanished from the bottom bar and was nowhere to be found. After being gone for months, Google appears to be gradually bringing it back, letting you turn your camera off during a call.

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Google Duo finally starts rolling out screen sharing — here's how it works

Google Duo finally starts rolling out screen sharing — here's how it works

After years in the making (and breaking), Google confirmed earlier this month (then deleted the tweet) that screen sharing would soon be available to its Duo video calling service. The feature didn't go live immediately, but is now finally making its way to users. The server-side switch gods have deemed my husband's OnePlus 7 Pro worthy of getting it, but my Pixel 4 XL with Android 11 isn't cool enough (no, I'm not bitter). But all you need is for it to be live on one device to do the sharing, so we took it for a spin. Prepare for infinite Ritas — you've been warned.

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Google Duo lets you add more people to a group chat mid-call (APK download)

Google Duo lets you add more people to a group chat mid-call (APK download)

In any friend or family group, there's always that one person everyone forgets to invite to events. A birthday party without cousin Jamie, a friendly catch-up call without Billie the wallflower, or a department-wide happy hour video chat without Larry Jerry Terry Garry, all of these could be a thing of the past if you use Google Duo. The service now lets you add forgotten people to a group call after starting it.

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Google Duo revives screen sharing after killing it two years ago

Google Duo revives screen sharing after killing it two years ago

Google Duo might be on the way out in the long-term, but right now, the developers keep adding feature after feature, with new stickers always flying in and Android TV support in the works. But one capability went MIA shortly after its initial release back in 2018: Screen sharing. After two years of absence, Google has re-announced it on Twitter, though it has yet to roll out to anyone using the service.

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Google Duo will soon be on Android TV in beta

Google Duo will soon be on Android TV in beta

We've been using video calls more than ever in the past few months, and probably will continue to for the foreseeable future. It's tough not being able to travel to see your loved ones, but Google is making things a bit easier by announcing beta Android TV support for its Duo video calling service.

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Happy 4th Birthday, Google Duo! May you live to see the 5th one 😒

Happy 4th Birthday, Google Duo! May you live to see the 5th one 😒

Google Duo is celebrating its fourth birthday today; well, technically it was yesterday, but weekends don't count in the summer. While it couldn't throw a big party with an inflatable bounce house, a trampoline, a water slide, or a creepy clown —  quarantine obliges — that didn't stop us from baking a special cake for the occasion and inviting all its friends over for a socially-distanced video chat. Allo couldn't make it, Hangouts is still recovering from the continuous blows it has received, and only Meet showed up, parading like the latest miracle child.

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