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Google Duo Now Comes Up For Web Clients

Google Duo's group calling tool would only support up to seven people at a time.

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Google Duo's group calling tool would only support up to seven people at a time. Pixabay

Google is set to expand its services for web users of its popular video chat mobile app Duo in the coming weeks, 9to5Google has reported.

“This development ultimately means a much wider reach of devices that can access the growing service. Google Duo has, up to now, only been available in the form of an app from the Google Play Store or the iOS App Store, and on its Smart Display platform,” the report said quoting a source familiar with the information.

The web version of Google Duo would also work in the Google Chrome browser as well as other rival browsers like Mozilla Firefox and Apple Safari.

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Google is set to expand its services for web users of its popular video chat mobile app Duo in the coming weeks, 9to5Google has reported.

“It’s unclear as of now how much of the current functionality from the mobile version of Duo will be available on the web at launch, but it’s likely to, at the very least, include fundamental Duo features such as ‘knock knock’ and the ability to leave video messages,” the report added.

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The Internet giant has been introducing new features to the popular video chat app from time to time with the latest being group calling, which is something Apple’s FaceTime now supports for up to 32 users at once.

Google Duo’s group calling tool would only support up to seven people at a time.

Users need to first create a group with the contacts they wish to video chat with on the platform and then they can start a call with all at the same time. (IANS)

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Facebook Expand its Portal Family of Home Video-Calling Devices with Three New Models

All WhatsApp calls on Portal are end-to-end encrypted, the company said in a statement late Wednesday

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Facebook has added a new way to connect with friends on Portal through WhatsApp, in addition to Messenger calling. Portal offers hands-free voice control. Pixabay

Facebook has expanded its Portal family of home video-calling devices with three new models: Portal, Portal Mini and Portal TV.

Facebook has added a new way to connect with friends on Portal through WhatsApp, in addition to Messenger calling. Portal offers hands-free voice control.

All WhatsApp calls on Portal are end-to-end encrypted, the company said in a statement late Wednesday.

In addition to the US and Canada, the Portal lineup is coming to the UK, France, Italy, Spain, Australia and New Zealand.

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Facebook has expanded its Portal family of home video-calling devices with three new models: Portal, Portal Mini and Portal TV. Pixabay

Portal and Portal Mini begin shipping from October 15 and Portal TV begins shipping from November 5.

Portal Mini costs $129, Portal $179 and Portal TV is for $149.

Portal Mini has an 8-inch HD display and Portal has larger 10-inch HD display for video calls, displaying photos and watching videos in either portrait or landscape orientations.

“Portal’s AI-powered Smart Camera intelligently pans and zooms to stay with the action so you can move and talk freely while always being in frame,” said Facebook.

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You can disable the camera and microphone with a single tap or a sliding switch. For added security, Smart Camera and Smart Sound use AI technology that runs locally on Portal, not on Facebook servers.

The “Story Time” feature on Portal brings stories to life with animation, music and augmented reality (AR) effects.

“Portal’s Superframe can display your favourite photos, videos and birthday reminders so you always feel a little more connected to your family and friends,” the company added.

Portal has Amazon Prime Video app for streaming movies, including Amazon Originals. (IANS)