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Google Duo Now Has Data Saving, Group Calls for Android

By setting up the data saving mode, the company claimed, users can reduce data usage by up to 50 per cent

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

Google Duo is rolling out group video calls and data saving mode for Android users in India. The feature will be available on iOS soon.

With this, users can have up to eight people on a call at a time.

“India is already the largest market for Duo globally, and we’re committed to building for India, helping people have a seamless experience connecting with their loved ones face to face,” Shweta Vaidya, Product Manager, Google Duo, said in a statement.

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A man walks past a Google sign outside with a span of the Bay Bridge at rear in San Francisco, May 1, 2019. VOA

By setting up the data saving mode, the company claimed, users can reduce data usage by up to 50 per cent.

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The select regions where users can limit data usage on mobile networks and WiFi on Android include Indonesia, India, and Brazil.

All Duo calls, video messages, and group calls on the platform are encrypted end-to-end so users’ conversations stay private, the company added. (IANS)

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Google Maps Rolls out Incognito Mode for iOS

Google Maps' new Incognito mode comes to iOS

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Google Maps rolls out "Incognito" mode to iOS to stop searches or places a user navigates. Pixabay

Google has started rolling out “Incognito” mode to iOS to stop searches or places a user navigates to in Maps from being saved to their Google account.

It works much the same as it does with Android. Simply open Google Maps, tap on profile photo, and select “Turn on Incognito mode”. While Incognito mode is on, user won’t receive personalised suggestions or notifications.

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Incognito mode of Google Maps on iOS works the same way it does on Android. Lifetime Stock

“Incognito mode on iOS works the same way it does on Android. While in Incognito mode, the places you search for or navigate to won’t be saved to your Google Account and you won’t see personalised features within Maps, like restaurant recommendations based on dining spots you’ve been to previously. Using Incognito mode on your phone will not update your Location History, so the places you go won’t be saved to your Timeline,” Marlo McGriff Product Manager, Google Maps said in a statement.

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Additionally, US based search engine giant also announced that it will roll out the ability for Android users to bulk-delete information from their Google Maps timeline and location history, next month.

“With bulk delete, you can quickly find and delete multiple places from your Timeline and Location History all at once. You’ll still have the ability to delete all or part of your Timeline by date range from your Location History settings,” McGriff added. (IANS)

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