Google Duo Adds Audio-Only Call Option, Google Photos Now Uploads Photos Much Faster

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Mar 23, 2017
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Google Duo and Google Photos are in the process of receiving wonderful updates. We have all the details in one place.

Voice-only Calls for Google Duo & Faster Photo Uploads in Google Photos – At long Last

So far, Google’s Duo and Photos apps have been swift in doing what they do best – make video calls and offer a brilliant photos experience that’s available across multiple devices. However, these services aren’t so great if you are in a location where Internet connectivity is extremely shoddy, or slow at best. Today though, with several updates to the aforementioned apps for both iOS and Android, Google aims to change a few things.

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The new updates are aimed towards bringing a better experience in areas where Internet connectivity is extremely slow or limited. Starting with Google Duo, the company’s video calling app, is now adding an audio-only call option, a feature that has been rumored for quite some time now. With this new option, you will be able to stay connected with friends and family members even when data connectivity is not that great. Also, this feature ensures that you end up having a more ‘personal’ conversation rather than letting everyone around you who you are chatting with.

Google Photos, on the other hand, is receiving an update that’s extremely great. Instead of backing up photo in full high quality every single time, the new update will force an upload that’s good enough to be viewed on a smartphone over a 2G network. But once you connect to a fast Internet connection or WiFi, the upload will continue in full high quality.

The Google Duo update is currently available for users residing in Brazil, and will be available to everyone else in the days to come. Google Photos will also receive an update in the coming days, with the brand new feature currently available to users in Brazil only as well.

If you haven’t downloaded Duo or Photos yet, then you can do so from the links added below.

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