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WhatsApp is rolling out desktop voice and video calls to all users

WhatsApp is rolling out desktop voice and video calls to all users

Back in December, we reported some WhatsApp beta users got the option to place voice and video calls using their desktop client. While these features were still in testing, they've now been officialized by the company and have started rolling out to all users.

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WhatsApp voice and video calls are live for some on desktop and web

WhatsApp voice and video calls are live for some on desktop and web

WhatsApp for desktops has made it simple to keep the conversation going even while you’re away from your phone, or maybe you just prefer the typing experience of a full-sized keyboard (who doesn’t?). But you still have to return to your mobile device to make a video or voice call. Well, not anymore. WhatsApp is rolling out the ability to make and receive calls right on your desktop screen, starting with those on the beta version of the app.

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Voice and video calls are coming to the WhatsApp web client

Voice and video calls are coming to the WhatsApp web client

We're all on our desktops for video conferences hours on end, but when it comes to hitting up all the people you need to without having to grab the phone you threw into a corner to avoid distraction, well, it's still a dilemma — especially if you use WhatsApp, where voice and video calls are still mobile-only features. But there are signs of a remedy for that need coming soon.

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Signal beta for desktop picks up support for video and voice calls

Signal beta for desktop picks up support for video and voice calls

The latest beta release of the Signal desktop app has picked up a feature the mobile app has had now for years: video and voice calling. Unfortunately, they're one-on-one for now, but it's already live on macOS, Windows, and Linux.

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[Update: Working] Google Duo audio calls are coming to Home speakers

[Update: Working] Google Duo audio calls are coming to Home speakers

It's already been four months since Google unveiled its own smart display, the Home Hub. When it was discovered that the Home Hub would still be capable of Duo video calls despite not having a camera, Google reached out to let us know that the Home Hub also supports audio calls over Duo. As we had speculated back then, it looks like Duo audio calls will also be coming to Home speakers.

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Insignia's cheap Assistant smart speakers can now be paired in stereo (like the Home Max) and place voice calls

Insignia's cheap Assistant smart speakers can now be paired in stereo (like the Home Max) and place voice calls

Best Buy's Insignia smart speakers are some of the cheapest Google Assistant smart home gear you can get, if you grab them during one of their frequent discounts. The last time we covered them, the non-portable version was only $25 and the portable one was $50, but they've fallen below that recently. Until now though, they didn't offer any incentive to grab them instead of a Home Mini, beside their alarm clock display. That has changed with the latest update.

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[Update: More details] Google Home can now use your own phone number for calls

[Update: More details] Google Home can now use your own phone number for calls

Back at Google I/O 2017, Google announced that hands-free phone calling would come to the Home smart speaker. The feature finally arrived in August, but with one caveat - it could only use a randomly-chosen number or your Google Voice/Project Fi number.

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Amazon is adding voice calling and messaging to Alexa

Amazon is adding voice calling and messaging to Alexa

Amazon's Alexa assistant is currently only talking to you, but you will soon be able to have Alexa reach out and touch someone else. Amazon is adding voice calling and messaging to its Alexa devices, which will most likely be available in time for the launch of the Echo Show on June 28th. This won't be connected to your phone number—it's a completely separate way of making and accepting voice calls.

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Telegram v3.18 adds new voice calls and video compression options

Telegram v3.18 adds new voice calls and video compression options

Users of the messaging app Telegram may have noticed an update waiting for them today. This new version, 3.18, adds in five compression options for videos and the much-requested voice calls. But before we get too carried away on that last one, let's look at the changelog.

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Google Duo review: When video calls are this simple, I will surely use them more

Google Duo review: When video calls are this simple, I will surely use them more

Of the two communication apps that Google announced at I/O, Duo surely seemed like the less interesting one. Video calls have been done again and again, and by now, if you have someone you want to talk to and see at the same time, odds are you already have your preferred way of doing that. But my last few days with Duo have shown me another side to the story. Duo isn't trying to revolutionize video calls, it just wants to approach them from a more modern perspective, one that builds on our smartphone-carrying habits, our needs for immediacy, and our disdain for complexity.

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