[UPDATE: Voice Calling Now Rolling Out Globally] Google Duo Gets Voice Call Support While Google Translate Gets ‘Definitions’ Section
Google has started updating its video-calling app - Google Duo. The update brings the app to version 9 along with support for the audio-only call feature that came to light a week ago. Initially, Google started rolling out version 9 in Brazil, and now it is rolling it out worldwide.
Google’s Amit Fulay took to Twitter and said, “Google Duo Audio calls is rolling out worldwide now”. Just like any other update, this one too will take some time before making it to the already installed Google Duo app on your device. It could take up to a few weeks for this feature start showing up on the app. Even if you have Google Duo 9 installed on your device, it might not display the audio call-only feature.
Google Duo rivals like WhatsApp and Skype already have a voice calling feature. But it is good that Google Duo has finally got it too as it increases its productivity on the whole.
For people who cannot wait for the OTA update from the Play Store to bring this feature to the app, you can always download the APK via APKMirror.
Google Translate Gets 'Definitions' Section
In other news, Google has also rolled out a minor update to Google Translate version 5.8. The update brings easy to use definitions for translated words. Along the way, the update also features minor bug fixes. With the new update, you will also be able to switch accounts in the Google Translate app. To switch the Google account that you would like to use with the app, tap on the hamburger menu in the app and tap on your account picture to change your account. Similar to how you do it on other Google apps like Gmail.
The new feature works smoothly, and you can access it in the new “Definitions” section at the bottom of the main page of the app. Here's how you can use it - if you want to translate the word "tortura" from Spanish to English, Google translate will translate it correctly to “torture” and offer a definition for it in the definitions section. However, the definition will only appear for words, not phrases.
As we already mentioned in the beginning of this post, such new features usually take time before appearing on the app. For this update too, you can try to get it faster via APKMirror. Or you can just wait for the normal update via the Play Store.
UPDATE: Justin Uberti, Google's technical lead for Duo took to Twitter to confirm the global rollout of voice calling feature, starting today. Users will get a toggle button in the app to switch between video call and voice call.