Google Duohttps://blog.google/products/duo/Google Duoen-usThu, 14 Jan 2021 16:00:00 +0000https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/logo_duo_color_2x_web_512dp.max-100x100.pngGoogle Duohttps://blog.google/products/duo/The best of Google, now in new deviceshttps://blog.google/products/android/ces-samsung-unpacked-new-devices/<html><head></head><body><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p>Wherever you are and whatever you're doing, technology should work for you. This week during a virtual CES and Galaxy Unpacked, we were introduced to a lineup of new products that do exactly that, all with the best of Google built in.</p><br/><p>Whether you're heading out or staying in, there's something new for you to get excited about.</p><p><br/></p><h3>When you’re on the go</h3><p>The new <a href="https://news.samsung.com/global/samsung-galaxy-s21-ultra-the-ultimate-smartphone-experience-designed-to-be-epic-in-every-way">Galaxy S21</a> series comes with a more cohesive Android experience and updates that make it easier to stay in touch with friends and family. From your phone, you can now mirror Google Duo to your Samsung TV, so video calls feel a little more like the real thing. With the Messages app, you can use Rich Communication Services (RCS) to chat over Wi-Fi, know when messages are read, share reactions as well as high resolution videos, and enjoy a more dynamic communication experience with features such as Smart Actions and spam protection (varies by carrier and market availability). A single swipe from your home screen will give you the option for personalized content with Discover, while our screen reader TalkBack has been revamped so that people with blindness or trouble seeing their displays can use spoken feedback and gestures to navigate their phone without having to look at the screen (varies by carrier and market availability).</p><br/><p>We’re also working with Samsung to make it easier to manage smart home products from your device. You can control Nest devices, like Nest thermostats, cameras and doorbells, from the SmartThings app on Galaxy smartphones and tablets. See all your connected devices on one screen by tapping on "Devices" in the Quick Panel of the Galaxy S21. Starting next week, SmartThings will also be available in Android Auto, so you can do things like turn off your kitchen lights from your car’s display as you pull out of the driveway.</p><br/><p>For parents who want a productive tablet that can easily be shared with their kids, the new <a href="https://news.lenovo.com/pressroom/press-releases/all-new-connected-consumer-experiences-start-with-lenovo/">Lenovo Tab P11</a> comes with <a href="https://blog.google/technology/families/kids-space/?_ga=2.1588088.873086573.1610134883-1129004818.1597333114">Kids Space</a>, our new kids mode that features recommended apps, books and videos to help kids under 9 learn and have fun. </p><br/><p>And to get help from your wrist, new Wear OS by Google smartwatches keep you connected wherever you are. For Android phone users in the U.S., you can send texts and make calls on <a href="https://www.fossilgroup.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/Fossil-Gen-5-LTE-Press-Release-.pdf">Fossil's Gen 5 LTE Touchscreen Smartwatch</a> without your phone. And Michael Kors Access Gen 5E MKGO and Gen 5E Darci smartwatches are a fashionable option for keeping track of your health and wellness, staying in touch with friends and family and even making payments.</p><br/><p>You’ll even be able to leave your phone in your pocket when you’re outside. New headphones, including the JBL Tour ONE and Tour Pro+ and Kenwood WS-A1G come with help from Google. Simply press the earbud to send a message, access your calendar or change songs.</p><br/><p>Of course, for those times when you’re perfectly happy...</p><br/><h3>Hanging out at home</h3><p><a href="https://blog.google/products/google-tv/entertainment-you-love-google-tv/?_ga=2.236532296.873086573.1610134883-1129004818.1597333114">Google TV</a> will be available on 2021 smart TVs from <a href="https://www.sony.com/content/sony/en/en_us/SCA/company-news/press-releases/sony-electronics/2021/sony-electronics-announces-new-bravia-xr-8k-led-4k-oled-and-4k-led-models-with-new-cognitive-processor-xr.html">Sony</a> and <a href="https://www.tcl.com/global/en/news/tcl-announces-its-google-tv-Launch-at-ces2021-to-offer-very-best-content-with-superb-viewing-experience.html">TCL</a>. Google TV is a new entertainment experience that brings together movies, shows, live TV and more from across your apps and subscriptions and organizes them just for you. You can ask “Hey Google, find action movies” or “show me sci-fi adventure TV shows” and browse a wide selection of content with your voice. In fact your voice can be used in all sorts of ways: Your LG TV (from 2019 models) can now be controlled by a Google-enabled smart speaker in 15 countries and six languages. You will also soon be able to control your Verizon Fios set top box by voice when connected with a Google-enabled smart speaker or Smart Display. And to do more on your TV, you can stay connected with your loved ones with one-on-one or group video calls with the Duo app on <a href="https://news.samsung.com/global/samsung-electronics-debuts-2021-neo-qled-microled-and-lifestyle-tv-lines-highlighting-commitment-to-sustainable-and-accessible-future">Samsung TV</a> (an optional USB-camera needed).</p><br/><p>New connected lights from LIFX, Nanoleaf and Yeelight now work with Hey Google. These new devices support <a href="https://support.google.com/googlenest/answer/9367121?hl=en">Seamless setup</a>, which makes it possible to connect compatible smart home devices directly through the Google Home app and a Nest speaker or Smart Display without the need for an additional hub or bridge. </p><br/><p>If you’re looking for an assist with cleaning up around the house, you can just say “Hey Google” to control the Smart MEDION’s vacuum cleaner MD 19601. To help more manufacturers bring voice capabilities like this to their smart home devices, we also recently launched the <a href="https://developers.google.com/assistant/smarthome/agencies">Authorized Solution Provider program</a>. Our certified partners Tuya and CoolKit can now help manufacturers  build smart home Actions for Google Assistant. </p><br/><p>Whatever new device you pick out, Google will be there to help you get things done and get the most of your tech.</p></div></div></body></html>Thu, 14 Jan 2021 16:00:00 +0000https://blog.google/products/android/ces-samsung-unpacked-new-devices/Google TVWear OSAndroidGoogle DuoGoogle AssistantFamiliesGoogle NestarticleThe best of Google, now in new devicesA recap of new devices announced at CES and Samsung Unpacked, featuring the best of Google.https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/CES_2021_hero.max-600x600.jpgGooglehttps://blog.google/products/android/ces-samsung-unpacked-new-devices/Sagar KamdarVP of Product ManagementAndroidGoogle Meet and Duo help you share moments that matterhttps://blog.google/products/meet/google-meet-google-duo-2020/<html><head></head><body><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p>Without a doubt, 2020 was the year of video calling. And for us, that meant making sure every student, team, and family could jump on a call from any device and have a reliable, safe experience. Google Duo and Google Meet hosted over one trillion minutes of video calls globally. For perspective, that’s equal to more than 18 billion hour-long virtual workouts in a single year! </p><p>Here’s a recap of what we’ve done so far.</p></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><h3>Productive and engaging meetings at home, work, and school </h3></div></div><div class="block-image_full_width"><div class="h-c-page"><div class=" article-image h-c-grid__col--10 h-c-grid__col--offset-1 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-2 h-c-grid__col-l--8 "><img alt="A Google Meet meeting with a slide presentation about broccoli and baby carrots." class="article-image--full" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/Blog_Post_1.max-1000x1000.png" tabindex="0"/></div></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p>In 2020, Meet was put to the test. Our team had to really think through how virtual meetings could bring the key part of what in-person meetings provide: human connection. We launched new features like <a href="https://cloud.google.com/blog/products/productivity-collaboration/introducing-tiled-view-and-other-top-requested-features-in-google-meet">49-tile layout</a>, noise cancellation, background blur, and low-light mode plus <a href="https://blog.google/products/meet/live-captions-new-languages/">live captions in five languages</a> to help everyone follow along on the call. </p><p>Earlier this year, we made Meet <a href="https://blog.google/products/meet/bringing-google-meet-to-more-people/">free for everyone</a>. We also announced that with your Gmail account, <a href="https://blog.google/products/meet/stay-connected-meet/">Meet calls are unlimited</a> through March 31, 2021 so that families can enjoy their holiday traditions without interruptions. Speaking of Gmail, we added a <a href="https://blog.google/products/gmail/stay-connected-more-easily-with-meet-in-gmail-on-mobile/">Meet tab in Gmail</a>, so that with one tap, people can jump from an email to a video call. We also brought Meet to <a href="https://store.google.com/us/product/google_nest_hub_max">Nest Hub Max</a> and <a href="https://blog.google/products/meet/cast-google-meet-duo-calls/">Chromecast</a> to help people get up, move around, and have hands-free calls at home. </p>In large group settings like team all-hands or a classroom, it gets harder for people to speak up and to engage everyone on the call. With Meet, participants can use <a href="https://cloud.google.com/blog/products/google-meet/introducing-qa-and-polls-in-google-meet">Q&amp;A and hand raising tools</a>, polls and <a href="https://workspaceupdates.googleblog.com/2020/10/create-breakout-rooms-for-more-engaged.html">breakout rooms</a>. Organizations and moderators have more <a href="https://workspaceupdates.googleblog.com/2020/09/adding-present-and-chat-meet-moderator.html">control</a> too, keeping their meetings and participants safe, including advanced anti-abuse features, that allow for an enjoyable, safe experience for all. And in 2021, as many companies evaluate a flexible working model, we’ve designed Meet to work with our <a href="https://cloud.google.com/blog/products/g-suite/google-meet-hardware-series-one-help-organizations-plan-for-the-future">Series One hardware kits</a>, created to deliver inclusive audio and video clarity that makes you feel like you're all together. So whether you're a Google Workspace subscriber relying on Meet's enterprise-grade functionality, or using Meet’s free version to safely connect with others near and far, Meet has you covered.</div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><h3>Fun experiences in your video calls</h3></div></div><div class="block-image_full_width"><div class="h-c-page"><div class=" article-image h-c-grid__col--10 h-c-grid__col--offset-1 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-2 h-c-grid__col-l--8 "><img alt="A Google Duo video call using holiday reindeer effects." class="article-image--full" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/original_images/Duo_Holiday_effects_1920X1080_WhiteBG.gif" tabindex="0"/></div></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p>Being helpful means being there for the moments big and small. Though the pandemic kept me physically apart from many family members, I felt like they were with me and my family through virtual dinners, holidays like Thanksgiving, and even school band practices with Google Duo. At the end of the day, Google Duo makes it simple to go from texting each other to getting right on a video call.  In a year of virtual get-togethers, Google Duo was there to <a href="https://blog.google/products/duo/family-mode/">help make video calls more fun</a>: doodle on video calls, magically transform into an astronaut or a cat, and spread laughs and cheer this holiday season with our wide portfolio of AR effects that change based on your facial expressions and move with you around the screen. And with <a href="https://blog.google/products/duo/4-new-google-duo-features-help-you-stay-connected/">Moments</a>, you can capture the fun (and the embarrassing moments!) to relive the memory afterwards. </p><p>With so many families having to work on the frontlines, our team was focused on ensuring calls could be connected with the highest quality even in <a href="https://blog.google/products/duo/4-new-google-duo-features-help-you-stay-connected/">low bandwidth connections</a>. Google Duo is available on <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.tachyon&amp;hl=en_US">Android</a>, <a href="https://apps.apple.com/us/app/google-duo/id1096918571">iOS</a>, tablets, <a href="http://duo.google.com">computers</a>, <a href="https://www.android.com/tv/">Android TV</a>, smart speakers and smart displays.</p><p>Google Meet and Google Duo were built with an emphasis on privacy and security, to keep your calls and meetings safe and your information private. </p><p>We hope that our work so far continues to help people stay in touch during this holiday season, and we’re looking forward to connecting more families, friends, students, teachers and teams in 2021 and beyond. </p></div></div></body></html>Wed, 23 Dec 2020 17:00:00 +0000https://blog.google/products/meet/google-meet-google-duo-2020/Google WorkspaceGoogle DuoGoogle CloudMeetarticleGoogle Meet and Duo help you share moments that matterGoogle Meet and Google Duo celebrate the end of year with a recap of feature launches and how we’ve helped people connect around the world.https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/Blog_Post_3.max-600x600.pngGooglehttps://blog.google/products/meet/google-meet-google-duo-2020/Dave CitronDirector of Product ManagementGoogle Duo & Google MeetMake your Google Meet and Duo calls better—and biggerhttps://blog.google/products/meet/cast-google-meet-duo-calls/<html><head></head><body><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p>2020 may go down as the year of the video call. It’s become an indispensable tool, one we all use more than we likely would have imagined. But <a href="https://blog.google/inside-google/life-at-google/science-why-remote-meetings-dont-feel-same/?_ga=2.19173816.1216755503.1597684288-1154557937.1574352787">meeting fatigue</a> is probably hitting you hard in the afternoon. Using the right devices can make a big difference in making video calls more enjoyable and engaging. Here are a few new ways to use Google Meet and Duo across a series of new devices to create a better meeting experience. <br/><br/></p><h3>Take your video calls to the big screen</h3></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p>With Google Meet on Cast, you can turn any room in your house into your own personal conference room, taking advantage of your TV or a Smart Display. Whether you want to step away from the notifications on your laptop or phone to be more present in a meeting or you’re on mute in a larger meeting and want to concentrate on your task at hand, casting to your TV can help you be more productive and stay focused. </p><p>Meet and Cast can also pair up to simplify distance learning. Students can view their classmates and lesson plans on the big screen while working from their laptops, and teachers can get a broader view of their students on a call. </p><p>To get started, you‘ll need to have a Google account, update to the <a href="https://www.google.com/chrome/">latest version of Chrome</a> and ensure that your Chromecast device has the latest firmware installed. Google Cast functionality is <a href="https://support.google.com/chromecast/answer/10023891">available for all Meet users</a>, and casting works on Chromecast, TVs with built-in Chromecasts and Nest displays.</p></div></div><div class="block-image_full_width"><div class="h-c-page"><div class=" article-image h-c-grid__col-l--6 h-c-grid__col--8 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-3 h-c-grid__col--offset-2 "><img alt="Image showing two grandparents looking out from a television screen, while picture-in-picture in the lower left-hand corner of the screen shows a mother and daughter talking to them." class="article-image--large" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/duo_atv_cropped_WBy1HFM.max-1000x1000.png" tabindex="0"/></div></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p>The big screen isn’t just for work meetings, though: We also want to make video calling your friends and family better, too. In an effort to bring the video calling experience to more parts of your home, Google Duo is rolling out a Beta on Android TV in the coming weeks. With Google Duo, you can initiate one-on-one and group calls from your TV, and if your TV doesn't have a camera built-in, you can simply plug in a USB camera. </p></div></div><div class="block-image_full_width"><div class="h-c-page"><div class=" article-image h-c-grid__col-l--6 h-c-grid__col--8 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-3 h-c-grid__col--offset-2 "><img alt="Image shows a women on the screen of a Nest Hub Max having a video call with other coworkers, whose tiles are on the right-hand side of the screen." class="article-image--large" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/meet_hubmax_cropped_gbJyO5x.max-1000x1000.png" tabindex="0"/></div></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p>Beyond TVs, Duo and Meet also work seamlessly with <a href="https://store.google.com/us/product/google_nest_hub_max">Nest Hub Max</a>. You can simply say “Hey Google, join my next meeting” or “Hey Google, start a group call” and jump right into the video hands free, staying productive from a separate device on your desk.</p><h3><br/>Build the ultimate home office</h3></div></div><div class="block-image_full_width"><div class="h-c-page"><div class=" article-image h-c-grid__col-l--6 h-c-grid__col--8 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-3 h-c-grid__col--offset-2 "><img alt="Image shows a woman at a desk using a laptop and second screen for a video meeting with a coworker, who is looking out at her through the screen." class="article-image--large" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/exec_office_cropped.max-1000x1000.png" tabindex="0"/></div></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p>With the Acer Chromebase and ASUS Remote Meet Kit from <a href="https://gsuite.google.com/products/meet-hardware/">Google Meet hardware</a>, you can elevate your work-from-home space into a dedicated home office. Google Meet hardware syncs automatically with Google Calendar so you can join meetings with a single touch, and is built on Chrome OS which brings over-the-air updates, peripheral support and advanced management capabilities. This frees up your laptop for more immersive meetings. </p><p>Video calls aren’t going anywhere. But with new developments from <a href="https://support.google.com/chromecast/thread/65600020?hl=en">Meet + Cast</a>, <a href="https://duo.google.com/about/">Duo</a>, <a href="https://www.android.com/tv/">Android TV</a>, <a href="https://support.google.com/googlenest/answer/9905737?hl=en-GB&amp;co=GENIE.Platform%3DAndroid">Nest Hub Max</a> and <a href="https://meetingdevices.withgoogle.com/">Google Meet hardware</a>, they can be a little more enjoyable. </p><p><br/></p></div></div></body></html>Thu, 27 Aug 2020 15:00:00 +0000https://blog.google/products/meet/cast-google-meet-duo-calls/Google TVChromecastGoogle DuoMeetarticleMake your Google Meet and Duo calls better—and biggerA few new ways to use Google Meet and Duo for bigger, better meetings.https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/meet_.max-600x600.pngGooglehttps://blog.google/products/meet/cast-google-meet-duo-calls/TJ VargheseGroup Product ManagerGoogle Meet hardware“Hey Google, make a group call” now on Nest Hub Maxhttps://blog.google/products/assistant/hey-google-make-group-call-now-available-nest-hub-max/<html><head></head><body><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p>One of the most popular ways people use <a href="https://store.google.com/us/product/google_nest_hub_max">Nest Hub Max</a> is for video calling. Up until now, that meant one-on-one sessions with friends and family. Rolling out today in the U.S., you can make group video calls with Duo and Google Meet on your Hub Max. With just a simple voice command, Google Assistant can now help connect you with multiple people at once.<br/><br/></p><h3>“Hey Google, make a group call”</h3><p>With group video calling on Nest Hub Max, you can now bring the whole family together, spontaneously check in with your siblings or host a weekly happy hour with friends for up to 32 people. To get started, you can create groups in the <a href="https://duo.google.com/about/">Duo mobile app</a>, and from there just ask your Hub Max, “Hey Google, make a group call,” and tap on the Duo group you want to connect with. And with <a href="https://www.blog.google/products/google-nest/hub-max-io/">auto-framing</a>, you can freely move around your kitchen or living room during your Duo video call, while staying in view. In addition to Nest Hub Max, Duo group video calling is available on <a href="https://www.lg.com/us/experience-xboom/xboomai.jsp">LG XBOOM AI ThinQ WK9 Smart Display</a>, <a href="https://www.jbl.com/voice-activated-speaker/JBL+LINK+VIEW.html">JBL Link View</a> and <a href="https://www.lenovo.com/us/en/smart-display">Lenovo’s 8 inch and 10 inch Smart Displays</a>. <br/><br/></p><h3>“Hey Google, join my next meeting”</h3><p>You can also try, “Hey Google, start a meeting” to connect with up to 100 people on <a href="https://blog.google/products/meet/bringing-google-meet-to-more-people">Google Meet </a>for fitness classes, book clubs, community gatherings or whatever else you’ve got planned. If you want to call into a meeting, say "Hey Google, join a meeting" then tap the "enter a meeting code" option and type it in to join. Or try asking, “Hey Google, join my next meeting” to instantly connect to the next call on your personal Google Calendar. Meet group video calling is launching first on Nest Hub Max.</p><p>We’re also rolling out beta support for G Suite accounts, so you can host work meetings on your personal Nest Hub Max. G Suite admins who would like to apply on behalf of their domains to join the beta program can sign up at <a href="http://g.co/gsuiteassistantbeta">g.co/gsuiteassistantbeta</a>. </p><p>And if you’re looking to put your personal VIPs on “speed dial,” <a href="https://support.google.com/assistant/?p=hh_contacts_mkt">household contacts</a> are starting to roll out today on Google Assistant-enabled smart speakers and Smart Displays in the U.S. Once set up, you (or other people in your household) can dial your cousin Cassandra by saying "Hey Google, call Cassandra” or by tapping on Cassandra’s name on your Smart Display's household contacts list.</p><p>Google Assistant and Nest have always made it easy to connect with friends and family⁠—and now, the more the merrier. </p></div></div></body></html>Thu, 25 Jun 2020 17:30:00 +0000https://blog.google/products/assistant/hey-google-make-group-call-now-available-nest-hub-max/COVID-19Google DuoGoogle AssistantMeetGoogle Nestarticle“Hey Google, make a group call” now on Nest Hub MaxNow you can make group video calls with Duo and Google Meet on your Hub Max.Googlehttps://blog.google/products/assistant/hey-google-make-group-call-now-available-nest-hub-max/Lilian RinconSenior Director of Product ManagementGoogle AssistantMohamed AbdelganyProduct ManagerGoogle NestNew ways Google Duo helps make time together more specialhttps://blog.google/products/duo/family-mode/<html><head></head><body><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p>Most of my family lives in Colombia, South America, and video calling has been a life-changing way for my dad and grandparents to watch my daughters grow up. Recently, video calls have also become the only way for my daughters to see their grandmas who live nearby. Although the physical separation has been hard for all of us, <a href="https://duo.google.com/">Google Duo</a> makes it easier to let family know how much we miss them, show off our latest artwork and just act silly together like we would in person. Last month, we announced <a href="https://blog.google/products/duo/4-new-google-duo-features-help-you-stay-connected/">new features on Duo</a> to help you stay connected, and today I’ll share updates that make conversations with loved ones even more special.</p><p><b>More fun with the family with family mode</b></p><p>Our new family mode lets you doodle on video calls for everyone to see and also surprise them with fun effects and masks that transform you into astronauts, cats and more. Just start a video call, tap the menu icon and then tap Family to get started. You don’t have to worry about accidental mutes or hang-ups because we’ve hidden those buttons while you’re playing together. This new family mode is available when signed into Duo with your Google account. As always, calls on Duo are <a href="https://support.google.com/duo/answer/9280240?hl=en">end-to-end encrypted</a> and stay private between you and your loved ones.</p></div></div><div class="block-image_full_width"><div class="h-c-page"><div class=" article-image h-c-grid__col-l--4 h-c-grid__col--6 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-4 h-c-grid__col--offset-3 "><img alt="Duo_FamilyMode_512X512_TransparentBG_Device.gif" class="article-image--medium" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/original_images/Duo_FamilyMode_512X512_TransparentBG_Device.gif" tabindex="0"/></div></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p><b>Add pizzazz to video calls with new effects</b></p><p>In addition to bringing <a href="https://support.google.com/duo/answer/9729313?hl=en">masks and effects</a> to our new family mode, we’re bringing them to any one-on-one video calls on Android and iOS—starting this week with a Mother’s Day effect. We’re also rolling out more effects and masks that help you express yourself, from wearing heart glasses to transforming into a flower. </p></div></div><div class="block-image_full_width"><div class="h-c-page"><div class=" article-image h-c-grid__col-l--4 h-c-grid__col--6 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-4 h-c-grid__col--offset-3 "><img alt="Duo_MothersDay_512X512_TransparentBG_Device_1.gif" class="article-image--medium" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/original_images/Duo_MothersDay_512X512_TransparentBG_Device_1.gif" tabindex="0"/></div></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p><b>Bring people together in more ways</b></p><p>In the coming weeks, you'll be able to make group calls with <a href="https://duo.google.com/">Duo on the web</a>, starting as a preview on Chrome, alongside a new layout that lets you see more people at the same time. To make getting together easier, you’ll also be able to invite anyone with a Google account to join a group call with just a link.<br/></p></div></div><div class="block-image_full_width"><div class="h-c-page"><div class=" article-image h-c-grid__col-l--6 h-c-grid__col--8 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-3 h-c-grid__col--offset-2 "><img alt="Duo_32PersonGroupCall_1024X512_WhiteBG_Device-5Mo (1).gif" class="article-image--large" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/original_images/Duo_32PersonGroupCall_1024X512_WhiteBG_Device-5Mo_1.gif" tabindex="0"/></div></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p>We hope these features help you better connect with your nearest and dearest, and also bring a <a href="https://youtu.be/58JcHKgAm5o">little bit of fun</a> to your conversations. <br/></p></div></div></body></html>Fri, 08 May 2020 16:00:00 +0000https://blog.google/products/duo/family-mode/Google on iOSGoogle DuoarticleNew ways Google Duo helps make time together more specialFilters, effects and other features that make conversations with loved ones even more special.https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/Duo_Banner_02_clean.max-600x600.jpgGooglehttps://blog.google/products/duo/family-mode/Humberto CastanedaProduct ManagerGoogle DuoFour new Google Duo features to help you stay connectedhttps://blog.google/products/duo/4-new-google-duo-features-help-you-stay-connected/<html><head></head><body><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p>For the past few weeks, even though I haven’t seen many of my loved ones in person, we’re still keeping in touch. Daily catch-ups with mom, weekend happy hours with friends, a birthday party with people who live all over the country. And it's all happening on Google Duo, our video calling product. That's the case for many people these days–in fact, every week, over 10 million new people are signing up for Duo, and in many countries, call minutes have increased by more than ten-fold. Here are a few new features to help you feel close to friends and family even when you’re apart.</p></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><h3>Make secure, reliable calls</h3>Private, high quality video calling is critical when you can’t be together in person. Duo is <a href="https://support.google.com/duo/answer/9280240?hl=en">end to end encrypted</a>, and we’re constantly making optimizations to ensure your video calling experience is clear and uninterrupted. Duo already <a href="https://ai.googleblog.com/2020/04/improving-audio-quality-in-duo-with.html">uses AI to reduce audio interruptions</a>, and in the coming week, we’re rolling out a <a href="https://aomedia.org/av1-features/get-started/">new video codec technology</a> to improve video call quality and reliability, even on very low bandwidth connections.</div></div><div class="block-image_full_width"><div class="h-c-page"><div class=" article-image__is-caption h-c-grid__col-l--4 h-c-grid__col--6 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-4 h-c-grid__col--offset-3 "><img alt="Duo_540X540_TransparentBG_3s_splitscreen_05.gif" class="article-image--medium" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/original_images/Duo_540X540_TransparentBG_3s_splitscreen_05.gif" tabindex="0"/></div><figcaption class="article-image__caption article-image__is-caption-image h-c-grid__col--8 h-c-grid__col--offset-2 h-c-grid__col-l--6 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-3"><div class="rich-text"><p>Side by side comparison of an incoming video call at 30kbps with our new AV1 (AOMedia Video 1) video codec technology on the left.</p></div></figcaption></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><h3>Capture special and everyday moments</h3>The way we get together has changed, but we’re still making memories, whether it’s watching someone blow out their birthday candles on a video call, or video chatting with friends while cooking dinner. When you’re on a video call with another person, starting today you can quickly <a href="https://support.google.com/duo/answer/9759710">take a photo</a> together to capture the moment on smartphones, tablets and Chromebooks, and share it automatically with everyone on the call. You'll be able to do this on group calls and on more devices soon.</div></div><div class="block-image_full_width"><div class="h-c-page"><div class=" article-image h-c-grid__col-l--4 h-c-grid__col--6 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-4 h-c-grid__col--offset-3 "><img alt="Duo_Moment_512X512_TransparentBG_.gif" class="article-image--medium" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/original_images/Duo_Moment_512X512_TransparentBG_a.gif" tabindex="0"/></div></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><h3>Bring more people together on your video calls</h3><p>Group calling is on the rise—in the past four weeks, we’re seeing eight times the number of group calls on Duo. On Android and iOS, we recently increased our group size to 12 participants (instead of 8), and in the coming weeks we plan to increase participants even further.</p></div></div><div class="block-image_full_width"><div class="h-c-page"><div class=" article-image h-c-grid__col-l--4 h-c-grid__col--6 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-4 h-c-grid__col--offset-3 "><img alt="Duo_12PersonGroupCall_1080X1080_TransparentBG.gif" class="article-image--medium" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/original_images/Duo_12PersonGroupCall_1080X1080_TransparentBGa.gif" tabindex="0"/></div></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><h3>Let someone know you’re thinking of them</h3>Duo makes it easy to send personalized <a href="https://www.blog.google/products/duo/miss-call-not-moment-video-messages-google-duo/">video and voice messages</a> when you can’t call. Over the past year, we’ve added even more ways to share a quick moment, from photos to simple notes with text or doodles. In the past few weeks, Duo users are sending 180 percent more messages, with an 800 percent increase in regions particularly impacted by social distancing. You can say “I miss you” or “I’m thinking of you” using one of our latest AR effects. And soon, you’ll have the option to automatically save your messages in Duo instead of having them expire after 24 hours, so it’s easier to preserve your meaningful messages.</div></div><div class="block-image_full_width"><div class="h-c-page"><div class=" article-image h-c-grid__col-l--4 h-c-grid__col--6 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-4 h-c-grid__col--offset-3 "><img alt="Duo Thinking Of You video message effect.gif" class="article-image--medium" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/original_images/Duo_Thinking_Of_You_video_message_effect.gif" tabindex="0"/></div></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p>With <a href="https://duo.google.com/">Google Duo</a>, you can make high quality calls to anyone in your contact list in just a few taps across <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.tachyon&amp;hl=en_US">Android</a>, <a href="https://apps.apple.com/us/app/google-duo/id1096918571">iOS</a>, tablets, <a href="https://duo.google.com">web browsers on Windows, Mac, or Chrome OS</a>, or even smart speakers and smart displays like the <a href="https://store.google.com/us/product/google_nest_hub_max">Nest Hub Max</a>. We hope these features help you feel closer to your friends and family even if you can’t be physically together.</p></div></div></body></html>Tue, 21 Apr 2020 18:00:00 +0000https://blog.google/products/duo/4-new-google-duo-features-help-you-stay-connected/Google on iOSGoogle DuoarticleFour new Google Duo features to help you stay connectedA few new features to help you feel close to friends and family even when you’re apart.https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/20190314_GOOGLE_DUO_SHOT_01_087_V4_gGfnaxD.max-600x600.jpgGooglehttps://blog.google/products/duo/4-new-google-duo-features-help-you-stay-connected/Dave CitronGroup Product ManagerGoogle DuoNew music controls, emoji and more features dropping for Pixelhttps://blog.google/products/pixel/more-pixel-features-dropping/<html><head></head><body><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p>A few months ago, <a href="https://store.google.com/product/pixel_4">Pixel</a> owners got a few <a href="https://www.blog.google/products/pixel/more-helpful-pixel-features/">new, helpful features</a> in our first feature drop. Beginning today, even more updates and new experiences will begin rolling out to Pixel users. </p></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><h3>Help when you need it</h3><p>You can already use <a href="http://g.co/pixel/motionsense">Motion Sense</a> to skip forward or go back to a previous song. Now, if you have a Pixel 4, you can also pause and resume music with a tapping gesture above the phone. So you can easily pause music when you're having a conversation, without even picking up your phone.</p></div></div><div class="block-image_full_width"><div class="h-c-page"><div class=" article-image h-c-grid__col-l--4 h-c-grid__col--6 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-4 h-c-grid__col--offset-3 "><img alt="Animated GIF showing a hand activating Motion Sense to skip a song." class="article-image--medium" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/original_images/Hnet-image.gif" tabindex="0"/></div></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p>When you need help the most, your Pixel will be there too. Last October we launched the Personal Safety app on Pixel 4 for US users, which uses the phones’ sensors to quickly detect if you’ve been in a severe car crash<sup>1</sup>, and checks with you to see if you need emergency services. For those who need 911, you can request help via a voice command or with a single tap. Now, the feature is rolling out to Pixel users in Australia (000) and the UK (999). If you’re unresponsive, your Pixel will share relevant details, like location info, with emergency responders.</p></div></div><div class="block-image_full_width"><div class="h-c-page"><div class=" article-image h-c-grid__col-l--4 h-c-grid__col--6 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-4 h-c-grid__col--offset-3 "><img alt="Animated GIF showing car crash detection working." class="article-image--medium" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/original_images/14_Get_Help_Calling_913_After_Car_Crash_EN.gif" tabindex="0"/></div></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p>We’re also rolling out some helpful features to more Pixel devices. Now <a href="https://support.google.com/accessibility/android/answer/9350862?hl=en">Live Caption</a>, the technology that automatically captions media playing on your phone, will begin rolling out to Pixel 2 owners. </p></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><h3>More fun with photos and video </h3><p>New AR effects you can use live on your Duo video call with friends make chatting more visually stimulating. These effects change based on your facial expressions, and move with you around the screen. Duo calls now come with a whole new layer of fun. </p></div></div><div class="block-image_full_width"><div class="h-c-page"><div class=" article-image h-c-grid__col-l--2 h-c-grid__col--4 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-5 h-c-grid__col--offset-4 "><img alt="Animated GIF showing creative effects in Duo calling." class="article-image--small" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/original_images/Duomoji-marketing-P4XL.gif" tabindex="0"/></div></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p>Selfies on Pixel 4 are getting better, too. Your front-facing camera can now create images with depth, which improves <a href="https://store.google.com/magazine/pixel_camera">Portrait Blur and color pop</a>, and lets you create 3D photos for Facebook.</p><p>Emoji on Pixel will now be a more customizable and inclusive thanks to the emoji 12.1 update, with 169 new emoji to represent a wider variation of gender and skin tones, as well as more couple combinations to better reflect the world around us. </p></div></div><div class="block-image_full_width"><div class="h-c-page"><div class=" article-image h-c-grid__col-l--6 h-c-grid__col--8 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-3 h-c-grid__col--offset-2 "><img alt="Animated GIF showing customizable emoji couples." class="article-image--large" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/Screen_Shot_2020-02-19_at_2.04.44_PM.max-1000x1000.png" tabindex="0"/></div></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><h3>A more powerful power button</h3><p>Pixel is making it faster to pick the right card when using Google Pay. Just <a href="https://support.google.com/pay/answer/9686224?p=pxl-lprs&amp;visit_id=637184431465337441-1693747030&amp;rd=1">press and hold the power button</a> to swipe through your debit and credit cards, event tickets, boarding passes or <a href="https://support.google.com/pay/answer/7644069?hl=en">access anything else</a> in Google Pay. This feature will be available to users in the US, UK, Canada, Australia, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Ireland, Taiwan and Singapore. If you have Pixel 4, you can also quickly access emergency contacts and medical information. </p></div></div><div class="block-image_full_width"><div class="h-c-page"><div class=" article-image h-c-grid__col-l--4 h-c-grid__col--6 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-4 h-c-grid__col--offset-3 "><img alt="Animated GIF showing using Google Pay." class="article-image--medium" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/original_images/10_Quickly_Access_Payments_Emergency_Info_EN_1.gif" tabindex="0"/></div></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><br/><p>Getting on a flight is also getting easier. Simply <a href="https://support.google.com/pay/answer/9208348?hl=en">take a screenshot</a> of a boarding pass barcode and tap on the notification to add it to Google Pay. You will receive real-time flight updates, and on the day of your flight, you can just press the power button to pull up your boarding pass.  This feature will be rolling out gradually in all <a href="https://support.google.com/pay/answer/7454247">countries with Google Pay</a> during March on Pixel 3, 3a and 4.</p></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><h3>Customize your Pixel’s look and feel</h3><p>A number of system-level advancements will give Pixel users more control over the look and feel of their devices.</p><p>You may know that <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kwE7frQOjfE">Dark theme</a> looks great and helps save battery power. Starting today, Dark theme gets even more helpful and flexible in switching from light to dark background, with the ability to schedule Dark theme based on local sunrise and sunset times. </p></div></div><div class="block-image_full_width"><div class="h-c-page"><div class=" article-image h-c-grid__col-l--4 h-c-grid__col--6 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-4 h-c-grid__col--offset-3 "><img alt="Animated GIF showing Dark theme." class="article-image--medium" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/original_images/13_DarkMode_EN.gif" tabindex="0"/></div></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p>Have you forgotten to silence your phone when you get to work? Pixel gives you the ability to automatically enable certain rules based on WiFi network or physical location. You can now set up a rule to automatically silence your ringtone when you connect to your office WiFi, or go on Do Not Disturb when you walk in the front door of your house to focus on the people and things that matter most. </p><p>Pixel 4 users are also getting some unique updates to the way they engage with the content on their phone. Improved long press options in Pixel’s launcher will get more and faster help from your apps. There’s also an update to Adaptive brightness, which now temporarily increases screen brightness to make reading content easier when in extremely bright ambient lighting, like direct sunlight. Check out <a href="https://support.google.com/pixelphone/answer/6111557?hl=en">more options for customizing</a> your screen options.</p><p>Here’s to better selfies, more emoji and a quick pause when you need it! Check out our support page for <a href="https://support.google.com/pixelphone/thread/32077388?hl=en">more information</a> on the new features, and look out for more helpful features dropping for Pixel users soon. </p><p><sup> 1 Not available in all languages or countries. Car crash detection may not detect all accidents. High-impact activities may trigger calls to emergency services. This feature is dependent upon network connectivity and other factors and may not be reliable for emergency communications or available in all areas. For country and language availability and more information see g.co/pixel/carcrashdetection</sup><br/></p></div></div></body></html>Mon, 02 Mar 2020 18:00:00 +0000https://blog.google/products/pixel/more-pixel-features-dropping/AndroidGoogle DuoGoogle PayPixelarticleNew music controls, emoji and more features dropping for PixelNew Motion Sense gestures, Duo AR effects and Google Pay features, and inclusive emoji now available on Pixel.https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/FeatureDrops_Intro_R4.max-600x600.jpgGooglehttps://blog.google/products/pixel/more-pixel-features-dropping/Susie ChurchProduct ManagerBy day and by night: video call, no matter the lightinghttps://blog.google/products/duo/low-light-mode/<html><head></head><body><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p>To make sure we’re constantly improving Google Duo, we visit people from around the world to understand the challenges they face in video calling their loved ones. There was one particular condition we saw people consistently struggle with across cultures and environments: poor lighting.</p><p>In many places, electric lighting is a significant challenge, preventing people from connecting face to face. People often light their homes with a single bulb when electricity is expensive, and even then, power outages remain common in many areas, leaving people in the dark during the evening when many video calls with family and friends happen. Even when electricity is not an issue, many people just want to video call to say good night right before bed, keep each other company as they watch TV together or enjoy a quick chat while they’re outside in the evening. </p><p>These challenges are the reasons why we are bringing low light mode to Duo. Low light mode helps people connect with each other face to face, even when the lighting conditions aren’t optimal. The video call will adjust so people in the frame are more visible when the phone detects dim lighting. Low light mode will start rolling out globally to iOS and Android users this week.</p></div></div><div class="block-image_full_width"><div class="h-c-page"><div class=" article-image h-c-grid__col-l--6 h-c-grid__col--8 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-3 h-c-grid__col--offset-2 "><img alt="Google Duo low light" class="article-image--large" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/original_images/Main_LowLight_3_Caption.gif" tabindex="0"/></div></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p>With low light mode on Duo, just start a video call and you can toggle the feature on or off as part of your in-call controls. </p><br/><p>Now, there will be no more leaving each other in the dark.</p></div></div></body></html>Mon, 19 Aug 2019 14:00:00 +0000https://blog.google/products/duo/low-light-mode/Google DuoNext Billion UsersarticleBy day and by night: video call, no matter the lightingGoogle Duo is introducing low light mode, which will help improve the visibility of video calls in the dark.https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/Main_LowLight_2_1.max-600x600.jpgGooglehttps://blog.google/products/duo/low-light-mode/Niklas BlumSenior Product ManagerGoogle DuoA few new features to try on your next video call with Google Duohttps://blog.google/products/duo/few-new-features-try-your-next-video-call-google-duo/<html><head></head><body><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p>Video calling on Duo helps you savor the moments with people who matter to you, and today we have a couple of updates that help you connect with loved ones and personalize your calls and messages.</p><br/><p><b>Video call with the whole family</b></p><br/>No need to play telephone, now up to eight people can catch up with group calling on Duo. Group calling is now available globally on both iOS and Android, and like all Duo calls and video messages, group calls are also encrypted end-to-end so your conversations stay private.</div></div><div class="block-image_full_width"><div class="h-c-page"><div class=" article-image h-c-grid__col-l--4 h-c-grid__col--6 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-4 h-c-grid__col--offset-3 "><img alt="Group calling with Google Duo" class="article-image--medium" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/original_images/DUO_V2.gif" tabindex="0"/></div></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p><b>Data Saving mode</b></p><br/><p>Data can be costly, so in select regions including Indonesia, India, and Brazil, you can limit data usage on mobile networks and Wi-Fi on Android. If you turn on Data Saving mode in Settings, both you and the person you’re calling will save on data usage in video calls. Data saving mode will be rolling out to more markets in the coming months.</p></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p><b>Personalize video messages</b></p><br/><p><a href="https://www.blog.google/products/duo/miss-call-not-moment-video-messages-google-duo/">Video messages</a> let you record a quick hello when you don’t have time to call or when the person you’re calling can’t pick up. Now on Android and coming soon to iOS, you can personalize video messages by adding text and emojis, or even drawing on your message using brushes.</p><p><br/></p></div></div><div class="block-image_full_width"><div class="h-c-page"><div class=" article-image h-c-grid__col-l--2 h-c-grid__col--4 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-5 h-c-grid__col--offset-4 "><img alt="Draw and write on video messages with Google Duo" class="article-image--small" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/original_images/KEYWORD_DUO.gif" tabindex="0"/></div></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p>Ok, no more stalling. Time to pick up the phone to leave Mom a video message!</p></div></div></body></html>Thu, 23 May 2019 18:00:00 +0000https://blog.google/products/duo/few-new-features-try-your-next-video-call-google-duo/Google DuoarticleA few new features to try on your next video call with Google DuoGooglehttps://blog.google/products/duo/few-new-features-try-your-next-video-call-google-duo/Humberto CastanedaProduct ManagerMiss a call—but not the moment—with video messages on Google Duohttps://blog.google/products/duo/miss-call-not-moment-video-messages-google-duo/<html><head></head><body><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p>Sometimes, your mom isn't free for a video call at the moment you’re trying to show off your culinary masterpiece. The same goes when you're trying to catch your best friend to rave about your favorite basketball team’s recent win. But even if they miss your call, you shouldn’t lose the opportunity to show them what you were calling about. Beginning today on Google Duo, you can leave a video message when the person you’re calling can’t pick up.</p></div></div><div class="block-image_full_width"><div class="h-c-page"><div class=" article-image h-c-grid__col-l--6 h-c-grid__col--8 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-3 h-c-grid__col--offset-2 "><img alt="Duo video messages" class="article-image--large" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/original_images/DuoVideo_Dog_2-29.gif" tabindex="0"/></div></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p>If the person you’re calling declines or misses your call, you can record up to 30 seconds of a video (or voice) message. Once you’re happy with your message, you can send it to your friend or family member, who will receive it in the Duo app. To play a video message you’ve received from someone, simply tap their icon. And after you’ve watched their video message, you can tap the “Call now” button to easily call that person right back. Video messages automatically disappear within a day after you first watch them, but you can always save your favorites locally to your phone. Learn more about how video messages work <a href="https://support.google.com/duo/?p=messages_blog">here</a>.</p><p>With video messages on Google Duo, you can capture and share your important moments, even when friends and family can’t take your call. And like all calls made on Duo, video messages are secure and end-to-end encrypted. Video messages begin rolling out on <a href="https://h2hyk.app.goo.gl/?link=https://duo.google.com&amp;apn=com.google.android.apps.tachyon&amp;isi=1096918571&amp;ibi=com.google.Tachyon&amp;afl=https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.tachyon%26referrer%3Dutm_source%253Dblogpost%2526utm_medium%253Dpr%2526utm_campaign%253Dglobal-national-brand-Q118-clipslaunch----&amp;pt=9008&amp;ct=blogpost_pr_global-brnd-clipslaunch&amp;mt=8">Android and iOS</a> today, and will be live worldwide over the next several days.<br/></p></div></div></body></html>Wed, 07 Mar 2018 17:00:00 +0000https://blog.google/products/duo/miss-call-not-moment-video-messages-google-duo/Google DuoarticleMiss a call—but not the moment—with video messages on Google DuoBeginning today, you can leave a video or voice message for missed and declined calls on Google Duo.https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/Duo_Video_Message_Hero_Image_YUBP9gO.max-600x600.jpgGooglehttps://blog.google/products/duo/miss-call-not-moment-video-messages-google-duo/Dave LindsayProduct ManagerMaking video calling easier on your Android phonehttps://blog.google/products/duo/making-video-calling-easier-your-android-phone/<html><head></head><body><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p>Video calling brings you face to face with your family and friends, whether you’re in the same city or thousands of miles away. We want to make it even easier to start a video call from your Android device, so we’re making video calling an integrated part of your phone. You can now start a video call directly from where you call or text message your friends, through your Phone, Contacts, and Android Messages apps. Later this year, we’ll also add the ability to upgrade an ongoing voice call to video with just a tap.</p><p><br/></p><p>We’re starting to roll out integrated video calling to first-generation Pixel, Android One, and Nexus devices, and it will also be available on Pixel 2 phones. We’re working with our carrier and device partners to bring this experience to more Android devices over time. <br/></p></div></div><div class="block-image_full_width"><div class="h-c-page"><div class=" article-image h-c-grid__col-l--6 h-c-grid__col--8 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-3 h-c-grid__col--offset-2 "><img alt="Duo integration" class="article-image--large" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/original_images/Duo_CallFromContaacts_Social_640x640_02_trans.gif" tabindex="0"/></div></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p>If you and the person you’re video calling are on a carrier that supports <a href="https://www.gsma.com/futurenetworks/technology/vilte/">ViLTE video calling</a>, your video calls will be routed through the carrier’s ViLTE service. If not, <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.tachyon&amp;hl=en">Google Duo</a> will connect your video call to anyone with the app installed.</p><br/>To use Duo, make sure you and the person you’re calling have the app <a href="https://support.google.com/duo/answer/7538935?hl=en&amp;ref_topic=6376071">installed and activated</a>. More information is available in our <a href="https://support.google.com/duo/answer/7538935?hl=en&amp;ref_topic=6376071">Help Center</a>.</div></div></body></html>Wed, 11 Oct 2017 11:00:00 +0000https://blog.google/products/duo/making-video-calling-easier-your-android-phone/Google DuoarticleMaking video calling easier on your Android phoneAccess video calling from more apps on your phone.Googlehttps://blog.google/products/duo/making-video-calling-easier-your-android-phone/Jan JedrzejowiczProduct Manager, Phone appGoogle for Brazil: Building a more inclusive internet for everyone, everywherehttps://blog.google/technology/next-billion-users/google-brazil-building-more-inclusive-internet-everyone-everywhere/<html><head></head><body><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p>Brazilians love the internet. With more than 139 million people online, Brazil ranks among the top five internet populations in the world. Brazilians are also heavy users of Google products, from Search and Android to YouTube and Maps to Photos and Waze. And Brazil is an innovation hub for Google. Our engineering team in Belo Horizonte has made remarkable contributions to our products globally, such as improving health-related searches.</p><p>But we know there is still a lot of work to do in Brazil and elsewhere to make technology work better for more people. So today at our Google for Brazil event in São Paulo, we made several announcements about how we're working to make the internet more inclusive and to make our products work better for people in Brazil—and around the world.</p></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><h2>Google Duo audio calling</h2><p>Last year we created Google Duo to bring simple, high-quality video calling to users on Android and iOS. Now we’re adding audio-only calling in Duo. So in those moments when video calling isn't an option—like when you’re about to hop on a crowded bus or have a poor network connection—you can stay connected with family and friends through audio calling. Duo audio calls work well on all connection speeds and won't eat up your data. This feature will be available starting today first in Brazil, and we'll be rolling it out to users around the world in the coming days.<br/></p></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><h2>Google Allo file sharing and Smart Smiley in Brazilian Portuguese</h2><p>Since launching Google Allo last September, users in countries like Brazil have requested the ability to share documents in group chats. Starting today, Android users everywhere will be able to share documents and other files (.pdf, .docs, .apk, .zip, and mp3) with friends on Allo. And for users in Brazil, we're also rolling out Smart Smiley in Portuguese, which uses machine learning to help you find the right emoji faster. Tap the Smart Smiley icon on the compose bar, and the app will suggest relevant emojis and stickers to help you finish your thought.<br/></p></div></div><div class="block-image_full_width"><div class="h-c-page"><div class=" article-image h-c-grid__col-l--4 h-c-grid__col--6 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-4 h-c-grid__col--offset-3 "><img alt="ALLO-GIF-FEIJOADA_750px.gif" class="article-image--medium" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/original_images/ALLO-GIF-FEIJOADA_750px.gif" tabindex="0"/></div></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><h2>Google Photos: Faster backup and sharing, no matter the connection</h2><p>We built Google Photos to help people store, organize and share photos and videos in a hassle-free way. But it can sometimes be difficult to back up and share photos and videos, especially when you're on the go and don't have an internet connection. So today we're rolling out two new features to make backup and sharing easier on low connectivity. Now on Android your photos will back up automatically in a lightweight preview quality if you aren't able to back up in high quality, and still look great on a smartphone. And when a good Wi-Fi connection becomes available, your backed up photos will be replaced with high-quality versions. We’re also making it easier to share many photos at once even on low connectivity. Never mind if you're at the beach or hiking in the mountains, with Google Photos on Android and iOS you can now share pictures quickly even with a spotty connection by sending first in low resolution so friends and family can view them right away. They'll later update in higher resolution when connectivity permits.<br/></p><p>It can be hard to find time to organize your pictures, so Google Photos automatically creates animations, movies, collages, and albums. For movies, Google Photos will select the best moments, put them together with professional-style transitions, and set it all to music. With Brazil in mind, we recently rolled out a <a href="https://youtu.be/EUdiRI1cN9Q">great example</a> of these kinds of movies—your best photos from Carnival, set to a soundtrack of samba.<br/></p></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><h2>Maps location sharing</h2><p>We're adding a new location sharing feature in Google Maps that lets you tell your friends and family where you are and when you’ll arrive at your destination. You have complete control over whether you share your location, who you share it with, and how long you share it. You can stop sharing at any time. No more "where are you now?" messages back and forth. To manage your location sharing settings across Google products go to the "Your personal info" section of My Account and select <a href="https://myaccount.google.com/locationsharing">Location Sharing</a>.<br/></p></div></div><div class="block-image_full_width"><div class="h-c-page"><div class=" article-image h-c-grid__col-l--4 h-c-grid__col--6 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-4 h-c-grid__col--offset-3 "><img alt="Compartilhamento-de-local_750px.gif" class="article-image--medium" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/original_images/Compartilhamento-de-local_750px.gif" tabindex="0"/></div></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><h2>Posts on Google</h2><p>Last year we started experimenting with allowing people and places to post directly on Google Search. We started out with the <a href="https://blog.google/topics/politics-elections/republican-debate-presidential-politics/">U.S. election</a> and have completed dozens of other experiments around the world. Starting today, in the U.S. and Brazil, we’re taking it to the next step and opening up the <a href="https://posts.withgoogle.com/">application process</a> so that organizations and people within specific categories can post directly on Google.<br/></p><p>Now, when you search for museums, sports teams, sports leagues, movies and, in Brazil for now, musicians, you can find content from that participating organization or person, right on Google. So if you’re searching for the <a href="https://www.google.com/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&amp;ion=1&amp;espv=2&amp;ie=UTF-8#q=henry+ford+musuem&amp;*">Henry Ford Museum</a> in the U.S. or for <a href="http://www.vanessadamata.com.br/">Vanessa da Mata</a> in Brazil, you'll see updates directly from the source with relevant information, like new exhibits, timely updates and interesting facts. Beyond these categories in the U.S. and Brazil, we’ll continue to experiment globally and look forward to making Search even more useful and timely.<br/></p></div></div><div class="block-image_full_width"><div class="h-c-page"><div class=" article-image h-c-grid__col--10 h-c-grid__col--offset-1 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-2 h-c-grid__col-l--8 "><img alt="Vanessa Animated Post.gif" class="article-image--full" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/original_images/Vanessa_Animated_Post.gif" tabindex="0"/></div></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p>We made some Brazil-specific announcements at our event in São Paulo today as well, including plans to roll out the Google Assistant in Brazilian Portuguese on Android phones running Marshmallow or Nougat. We also extended a $5 million Google.org grant to the <a href="http://www.fundacaolemann.org.br/lemann-foundation/">Lemann Foundation</a> for an exciting tech-based education project in Brazil, launched the iconic <a href="http://masp.art.br/masp2010/">São Paulo Museum of Art</a> on <a href="http://g.co/masp">Google Arts &amp; Culture</a>, and announced plans to roll out Waze Carpool in Brazil later this year.</p><p>All of today's announcements were inspired by your feedback. We do extensive research in places like Brazil, and we use those insights to make new product features tailored to people's needs in mobile-first countries. The great thing about building products for the most difficult, limited internet conditions is that you end up creating great products for everyone, everywhere.<br/></p></div></div></body></html>Wed, 22 Mar 2017 15:00:00 +0000https://blog.google/technology/next-billion-users/google-brazil-building-more-inclusive-internet-everyone-everywhere/SearchGoogle Allo (DEPRECATED)Google DuoGoogle in Latin AmericaMapsNext Billion UsersPhotosarticleGoogle for Brazil: Building a more inclusive internet for everyone, everywhereGooglehttps://blog.google/technology/next-billion-users/google-brazil-building-more-inclusive-internet-everyone-everywhere/Mario QueirozVice PresidentProduct ManagementMeet Google Duo, a simple 1-to-1 video calling app for everyonehttps://blog.google/products/duo/meet-google-duo-simple-1-to-1-video/<html><head></head><body><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text">Video calling is the next best thing to being with someone in person, but too often it can be a frustrating or complicated experience. You shouldn’t have to worry about whether your call will connect, or if your friend is using the same type of device as you are. It’s no wonder that nearly half of us never make video calls on mobile*.<br/><br/><p>Today, we’re releasing <a href="http://duo.google.com/">Google Duo</a> — a simple 1-to-1 video calling app available for Android and iOS. Duo takes the complexity out of video calling, so that you can be together in the moment wherever you are.</p></div></div><div class="block-image_full_width"><div class="h-c-page"><div class=" article-image__is-caption h-c-grid__col--10 h-c-grid__col--offset-1 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-2 h-c-grid__col-l--8 "><img alt="Duo Launch Screen.jpg" class="article-image--full" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/Duo_Launch_Screen.max-1000x1000.jpg" tabindex="0"/></div><figcaption class="article-image__caption article-image__is-caption-image h-c-grid__col--8 h-c-grid__col--offset-2 h-c-grid__col-l--6 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-3"><div class="rich-text">Google Duo works across Android and iOS — all you need is a phone number</div></figcaption></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><h3>Simple interface</h3><br/>Duo is simple from start to finish. To get started, all you need is your phone number and you’ll be able to reach people in your phone’s contacts list. No separate account is required, so you can sign up in just a few steps. From there, you can instantly begin a video call with a single tap.<br/><br/><h3>Fast and reliable</h3><br/>We all know how it feels when a call fails to connect or when video gets choppy. We’ve built Duo to be fast and reliable, so that video calls connect quickly and work well even on slower networks. Call quality adjusts to changing network conditions to keep you connected — when bandwidth is limited, Duo will gracefully reduce the resolution to keep the call going smoothly. For video calls on the go, Duo will switch between Wi-Fi and cellular data automatically without dropping your call. You can start your call at home, and continue seamlessly even when you head out the door.<br/><br/><h3>Human design</h3></div></div><div class="block-image_half_width"><div class="h-c-page"><div class=" article-image__is-caption h-c-grid__col-l--4 h-c-grid__col--6 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-4 h-c-grid__col--offset-3 "><img alt="Knock Knock in Duo" class="article-image--medium" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/original_images/08_15_-_Duo2.gif" tabindex="0"/></div><figcaption class="article-image__caption article-image__is-caption-image h-c-grid__col--8 h-c-grid__col--offset-2 h-c-grid__col-l--6 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-3"><div class="rich-text">Knock Knock in Duo lets you see who’s calling before you pick up</div></figcaption></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p>We designed Duo to feel warm and inviting, focused on just you and the person you’re calling. To make calls feel more like an invitation rather than an interruption, we created a feature in Duo called <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CIeMysX76pM">Knock Knock</a> which lets you see live video of your caller before you answer, giving you a sense of what they’re up to and why they want to chat. Knock Knock makes video calling more spontaneous and welcoming, helping you connect with the person before you even pick up.</p><p>Finally, we built Duo with an emphasis on privacy and security, and all Duo calls are end-to-end encrypted.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Give your friends a wave with Duo! We’re beginning to roll out Duo for <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.tachyon">Android</a> and <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/app/id1096918571?mt=8">iOS</a> today, and it will be live worldwide in the next few days.<br/></p><p><sub>*Google YouGov Survey, July 2016, U.S., Among 18+ online population, n=1,058</sub></p><p></p><p></p><p></p></div></div></body></html>Tue, 16 Aug 2016 04:00:00 +0000https://blog.google/products/duo/meet-google-duo-simple-1-to-1-video/Google DuoarticleMeet Google Duo, a simple 1-to-1 video calling app for everyoneGoogle Duo is an app available for Android and iOS that takes the complexity out of 1-to-1 video calling.https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/Screen_Shot_2016-08-17_at_10.12.45_AM.max-600x600.pngGooglehttps://blog.google/products/duo/meet-google-duo-simple-1-to-1-video/Justin UbertiPrincipal Software EngineerI/O: Building the next evolution of Googlehttps://blog.google/products/assistant/io-building-next-evolution-of-google/<html><head></head><body><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p>This morning in our Mountain View, CA backyard, we kicked off Google I/O, our annual developer conference. Much has changed since our first developer event 10 years ago, and even more since Google started 17 years ago. Back then, there were 300 million people online, connecting through desktop machines; today that number is over 3 billion, with the majority using mobile devices as their primary way to get information, organize their day, get from point A to point B, and stay in touch. In a world in which the mobile phone has become the remote control for our daily lives, Google’s mission “to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful” is truer and more important than ever before.</p><h3>The Google assistant</h3>When we think of the Google search experience today—a rich panel of information on [Zika virus], or an alert telling you your flight is delayed—it’s striking to see how far things have come from the early days of 10 blue links. Many of these advances have been thanks to machine learning and artificial intelligence—specifically, areas like natural language processing, voice recognition and translation—and they have helped us build an increasingly useful and assistive experience for users. They are the ingredients that make Google speech recognition the most accurate in the world, and that let you take a picture of a sign in Chinese and see it translated into English. <br/> <br/> Progress in all of these areas is accelerating, and we believe we are at a seminal moment. People are increasingly interacting naturally with Google, and aren’t just looking for the world’s information but actually expecting Google to help them with their daily tasks. <br/> <br/> Which is why we’re pleased to introduce...the Google assistant.<br/></div></div><div class="block-image_half_width"><div class="h-c-page"><div class=" article-image h-c-grid__col-l--4 h-c-grid__col--6 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-4 h-c-grid__col--offset-3 "><img alt="OPA_Social_v04_JRS_2016-05-17.gif" class="article-image--medium" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/original_images/OPA_Social_v04_JRS_2016-05-17.gif" tabindex="0"/></div></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p>The assistant is conversational—an ongoing two-way dialogue between you and Google that understands your world and helps you get things done. It makes it easy to buy movie tickets while on the go, to find that perfect restaurant for your family to grab a quick bite before the movie starts, and then help you navigate to the theater. It’s a Google for you, by you.<br/></p><p>The assistant is an ambient experience that will work seamlessly across devices and contexts. So you can summon Google’s help no matter where you are or what the context. It builds on all our years of investment in deeply understanding users' questions.</p>Today we gave a preview of two new products where you’ll soon be able to draw on the Google assistant. <br/> <br/><h3>Google Home</h3>Google Home is a voice-activated product that brings the Google assistant to any room in your house. It lets you enjoy entertainment, manage everyday tasks, and get answers from Google—all using conversational speech. With a simple voice command, you can ask Google Home to play a song, set a timer for the oven, check your flight, or turn on your lights. It’s designed to fit your home with customizable bases in different colors and materials. Google Home will be released later this year. <br/></div></div><div class="block-image_full_width"><div class="h-c-page"><div class=" article-image h-c-grid__col--10 h-c-grid__col--offset-1 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-2 h-c-grid__col-l--8 "><img alt="GH_Livingroom.jpg" class="article-image--full" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/GH_Livingroom_YHK4OXx.max-1000x1000.jpg" tabindex="0"/></div></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><h3>Allo and Duo</h3></div></div><div class="block-image_half_width"><div class="h-c-page"><div class=" article-image h-c-grid__col-l--4 h-c-grid__col--6 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-4 h-c-grid__col--offset-3 "><img alt="fireball-assistant.png" class="article-image--medium" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/fireball-assistant.max-1000x1000.png" tabindex="0"/></div></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p>Allo is a new messaging app that also comes complete with the Google assistant, so you can interact with it directly in your chats, either one-on-one or with friends. Because the assistant understands your world, you can ask for things like your agenda for the day or photos from your last trip. If you’re planning a dinner with friends, you can ask the assistant to suggest restaurants nearby, all in one thread. </p></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text">Allo includes Smart Reply, which suggests responses to messages based on context, and comes with fun ways to make your chats more expressive, including emojis, stickers, and the ability to get creative with photos. There’s also an Incognito mode that provides end-to-end encryption, discreet notifications, and message expiration.<br/> <br/> In addition to Allo, we’re introducing Duo, a companion app for one-to-one video calling. With Duo, our goal is to make video calling faster and more reliable, even on slower network speeds. We also introduced a feature called Knock Knock, which gives you a live video of the other caller before you answer. <br/> <br/> Best of all, both Allo and Duo are based on your phone number, so you can communicate with anyone regardless of whether they’re on Android or iOS. Both apps will be available this summer. Read more <a href="http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2016/05/allo-duo-apps-messaging-video.html">here</a>. <br/> <br/><h3>Android N, Wear, VR, and Instant Apps</h3>Today we shared details about what’s coming in Android N, including better performance for graphics and effects, reduced battery consumption and storage, background downloads of system updates, and streamlined notifications so you can power through them faster, and updated emojis including 72 new ones. And we want your help coming up with a name for N that can be a sweet successor to Marshmallow. <a href="http://android-developers.blogspot.com/2016/05/whats-new-in-android-n-release-virtual-reality-android-studio.html">Read more</a> and help us #NameAndroidN at <a href="http://android.com/N">Android.com/N</a>.<br/></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p>On top of Android N, we’ve built a new platform for high quality mobile VR called <a href="http://google.com/daydream">Daydream</a>. Together with Android manufacturers, we're working on upcoming phones, and sharing designs with them for a VR viewer and controller that will be really immersive, comfortable and intuitive to use. Your favorite apps and games will be coming to Daydream too, including Google's—like YouTube, Street View, Play Movies, Google Photos and the Play Store. More to come this fall.</p></div></div><div class="block-image_full_width"><div class="h-c-page"><div class=" article-image h-c-grid__col--10 h-c-grid__col--offset-1 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-2 h-c-grid__col-l--8 "><img alt="Daydream_Home_background.png" class="article-image--full" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/Daydream_Home_background_7uedprr.max-1000x1000.png" tabindex="0"/></div></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text">We also previewed <a href="http://android-developers.blogspot.com/2016/05/android-wear-20-developer-preview.html">Android Wear 2.0</a>, including a revamped user experience and standalone apps that run right on the watch, no matter where your phone is or even if it's off.<br/> <br/><p>Finally, we’re introducing <a href="http://android-developers.blogspot.com/2016/05/android-instant-apps-evolving-apps.html">Android Instant Apps</a>—which let you run Android apps instantly, without requiring installation.</p><h3>Firebase</h3><p>Today we launched a big expansion of <a href="http://firebase.googleblog.com/2016/05/firebase-expands-to-become-unified-app-platform.html">Firebase</a>, our most comprehensive developer offering to date. Going beyond a mobile backend, the platform helps developers quickly build high-quality apps, grow their user base, and earn more money across iOS, Android and the mobile web.</p><h3>Tackling global challenges with smarter tools</h3>Machine learning and AI are changing not only computing, but also the way in which we tackle problems we’ve never been able to solve before. The opportunities are even greater when we harness the powers of <a href="http://tensorflow.org/">open-source tools</a> to make them available to the broader developer and researcher community. Imagine what we could do if we work together and use these technologies to tackle challenges in climate change, health care or education. As our machine learning and AI capabilities get smarter and more versatile, these possibilities are starting to appear on the horizon. These are very exciting times indeed.<br/></div></div></body></html>Wed, 18 May 2016 18:00:00 +0000https://blog.google/products/assistant/io-building-next-evolution-of-google/AndroidGoogle AR & VRGoogle Allo (DEPRECATED)Google DuoDevelopersGoogle AssistantarticleI/O: Building the next evolution of GoogleIn a world in which the mobile phone has become the remote control for our daily lives, our mission is truer and more important than ever before.https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/IMG_6138.max-600x600.jpgGooglehttps://blog.google/products/assistant/io-building-next-evolution-of-google/Sundar PichaiCEOSaying hello to Allo and Duo: new apps for smart messaging and video callinghttps://blog.google/products/allo/allo-duo-apps-messaging-video/<html><head></head><body><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p>Whether it’s welcoming a new baby, celebrating the winning shot in overtime, or discovering the best taco stand ever—we all want to share these moments with friends and family the instant they happen. Most of the time, this means picking up our phones and sending a message or starting a call. Today we’re sharing a preview of two new apps that take a fresh look at how people connect.</p><h3>Allo, a smart messaging app</h3>Allo is a smart messaging app that makes your conversations easier and more expressive. It’s based on your phone number, so you can get in touch with anyone in your phonebook. And with deeply integrated machine learning, Allo has smart features to keep your conversations flowing and help you get things done.<br/></div></div><div class="block-image_full_width"><div class="h-c-page"><div class=" article-image__is-caption h-c-grid__col-l--4 h-c-grid__col--6 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-4 h-c-grid__col--offset-3 "><img alt="5_18 Allo Expressive.gif" class="article-image--medium" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/original_images/1-Expressiveness_animation_v4-GIF_abbrev.gif" tabindex="0"/></div><figcaption class="article-image__caption article-image__is-caption-image h-c-grid__col--8 h-c-grid__col--offset-2 h-c-grid__col-l--6 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-3"><div class="rich-text">Emojis, stickers, Ink, and our Whisper Shout feature in Allo</div></figcaption></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p>Allo has Smart Reply built in (similar to <a href="https://gmail.googleblog.com/2015/11/computer-respond-to-this-email.html">Inbox</a>), so you can respond to messages without typing a single word. Smart Reply learns over time and will show suggestions that are in your style. For example, it will learn whether you’re more of a “haha” vs. “lol” kind of person. The more you use Allo the more “you” the suggestions will become. Smart Reply also works with photos, providing intelligent suggestions related to the content of the photo. If your friend sends you a photo of tacos, for example, you may see Smart Reply suggestions like “yummy” or “I love tacos.”</p></div></div><div class="block-image_full_width"><div class="h-c-page"><div class=" article-image__is-caption h-c-grid__col-l--4 h-c-grid__col--6 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-4 h-c-grid__col--offset-3 "><img alt="5_18 Allo Smart Reply" class="article-image--medium" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/original_images/2-Smart-Replies_animation_v6-GIF_abbrev.gif" tabindex="0"/></div><figcaption class="article-image__caption article-image__is-caption-image h-c-grid__col--8 h-c-grid__col--offset-2 h-c-grid__col-l--6 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-3"><div class="rich-text">Smart Reply suggestions in Allo</div></figcaption></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p>Allo also features the Google assistant, bringing the richness of Google directly into your chats—helping you find information, get things done, and have fun. You can chat one-on-one with the assistant, or call on Google in a group chat with friends. Either way, you no longer have to jump between apps to do things like book a dinner reservation with friends, get up-to-date sports scores, settle a bet, or play a game. The assistant in Allo lets you bring things like Search, Maps, YouTube and Translate to all your conversations, so that you and your friends can use Google together. </p>The Google assistant in Allo understands your world, so you can ask for things like your agenda for the day, details of your flight and hotel, or photos from your last trip. And since it understands natural language patterns, you can just chat like yourself and it’ll understand what you’re saying. For example, "Is my flight delayed?" will return information about your flight status.<br/></div></div><div class="block-image_full_width"><div class="h-c-page"><div class=" article-image__is-caption h-c-grid__col-l--4 h-c-grid__col--6 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-4 h-c-grid__col--offset-3 "><img alt="5_18 Allo Gbot Animation" class="article-image--medium" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/original_images/3-Gbot_animation_v4-GIF_abbrev_1.gif" tabindex="0"/></div><figcaption class="article-image__caption article-image__is-caption-image h-c-grid__col--8 h-c-grid__col--offset-2 h-c-grid__col-l--6 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-3"><div class="rich-text">Google assistant in Allo</div></figcaption></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p>Privacy and security are important in messaging, so following in the footsteps of Chrome, we created Incognito mode in Allo. Chats in Incognito mode will have end-to-end encryption and discreet notifications, and we’ll continue to add new features to this mode. </p></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><h3>Duo, a video calling app for everyone</h3><p>Duo is a simple, fast one-to-one video calling app for everyone—whether you’re on Android or iOS, a fast or slow connection, in New York or New Delhi. Like Allo, Duo is based on your phone number, allowing you to reach anyone in your phonebook. And its simple interface fades away when you’re in a call, so it’s just the two of you.</p></div></div><div class="block-image_half_width"><div class="h-c-page"><div class=" article-image__is-caption h-c-grid__col-l--4 h-c-grid__col--6 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-4 h-c-grid__col--offset-3 "><img alt="5_18 Duo.png" class="article-image--medium" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/social-2_DDr1es9.max-1000x1000.png" tabindex="0"/></div><figcaption class="article-image__caption article-image__is-caption-image h-c-grid__col--8 h-c-grid__col--offset-2 h-c-grid__col-l--6 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-3"><div class="rich-text">Video call in Duo</div></figcaption></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text">One of our favorite features of Duo is Knock Knock, which shows you a live video preview of the caller before you pick up. Knock Knock invites you into the moment, making calls feel spontaneous and fun. Once you answer, Duo seamlessly transitions you right into the call. <br/> <br/><p>Duo calls are in crisp HD video (up to 720p) and audio. We’ve optimized Duo to work well even on spotty networks, so if bandwidth is limited it gracefully adjusts quality so you’re still able to connect. We also seamlessly transition calls between cellular and Wi-Fi, so you don’t need to worry about what network you’re on. Finally, we built Duo with privacy and security in mind and all calls on Duo are end-to-end encrypted.</p></div></div><div class="block-video"><div class="h-c-page h-c-page--mobile-full-bleed"><div class="h-c-grid"><div class="h-c-grid__col h-c-grid__col-l--10 h-c-grid__col-l--offset-1"><div class="article-module uni-article-video uni-article-video--body" data-component="uni-article-yt-player" data-page-title="" data-video-id="CIeMysX76pM" tabindex="0"><div class="uni-article-video__embed-container hidden"><div id="uni-article-yt-player-CIeMysX76pM"></div></div><figure><a class="h-c-video h-c-video--marquee uni-article-video__custom-wrapper " role="link"><div class="uni-article-video__aspect-image"><img alt="Meet Duo from Google, a new way to video call" src="https://storage.googleapis.com/gweb-uniblog-publish-prod/images/Screen_Shot_2016-08-15_at_10.47.46_AM.max-1000x1000.png"/><div class="uni-article-video__dimmer"></div><svg class="uni-article-video__play-button--active" role="img"><use xlink:href="#yt_video_play_button_no_hole"></use></svg><svg class="uni-article-video__play-button" role="img"><use xlink:href="#yt_video_play_button"></use></svg><div class="uni-article-video__duration loading"><svg class="uni-article-video__duration-icon" role="img"><use xlink:href="#yt_video_duration"></use></svg><span class="uni-article-video__duration-time">10:25</span></div></div></a></figure></div></div></div></div></div><div class="block-paragraph"><div class="rich-text"><p>Both apps will be available this summer on Android and iOS. Head over to Google Play and register to be notified when <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.fireball">Allo</a> and <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.tachyon">Duo</a> are available. We can't wait for you to try them.</p></div></div></body></html>Wed, 18 May 2016 17:54:00 +0000https://blog.google/products/allo/allo-duo-apps-messaging-video/Google Allo (DEPRECATED)Google DuoarticleSaying hello to Allo and Duo: new apps for smart messaging and video callingToday we’re sharing a preview of two new apps that take a fresh look at how people connect: Allo, a smart messaging app, and Duo, a simple, fast one-to-one video calling app.Googlehttps://blog.google/products/allo/allo-duo-apps-messaging-video/Amit FulayGroup Product ManagerYariv AdanGroup Product Manager