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You Can Now Ask Google Assistant to Make a Duo Video call

The feature has started rolling out, but it may take some time to reach all users

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Google Assistant. (IANS)

In an update introduced by Google, Assistant will now be able to make video calls, including international ones on Google’s video chat mobile app “Duo”.

The feature would enable users to make video calls from their phones, contacts and messages apps using the mobile video chat app.

“If you use the Google Assistant: You can start a ‘Duo’ video call by saying or typing, “Video call (name),” Google wrote in a post late on Monday.

Users using Android 8.0 and up would have to sync their "Duo" settings using the "Account Sync" option.
Users using Android 8.0 and up would have to sync their “Duo” settings using the “Account Sync” option. Pixabay

The update was released on the latest version of “Duo” for both, Android and iOS based smartphones and tablets.

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For users, who do not have the app installed, the call would get redirected to another one of Google’s messaging and video chat platform, “Hangouts”.

The feature has started rolling out, but it may take some time to reach all users. (IANS)

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Google Will Start Giving EU Smartphone Users a Choice of Browsers and Search Apps on Android

Android users who open the Google Play store after the update will be given the option to install up to five search apps and five browsers, Gennai said

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FILE - A woman walks past the logo for Google at the China International Import Expo in Shanghai, Nov. 5, 2018. VOA

Google said Thursday it will start giving European Union smartphone users a choice of browsers and search apps on its Android operating system, in changes designed to comply with an EU antitrust ruling.

Following an Android update, users will be shown two new screens giving them the new options, Google product management director Paul Gennai said in a blog post.

The EU’s executive Commission slapped the Silicon Valley giant with a record 4.34 billion euro (then $5 billion) antitrust fine in July after finding that it abused the dominance of Android by forcing handset and tablet makers to install Google apps, reducing consumer choice.

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Android users who open the Google Play store after the update will be given the option to install up to five search apps and five browsers, Gennai said. Pixabay

The commission had ordered Google to come up with a remedy or face further fines. The company, which is appealing the ruling, said the changes are being rolled out over the next few weeks to both new and existing Android phones in Europe.

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Android users who open the Google Play store after the update will be given the option to install up to five search apps and five browsers, Gennai said. Apps will be included based on their popularity and shown in random order. Users who choose a search app will also be asked if they want to change the default search engine in the phone’s Chrome browser.

Android is the most widely used mobile operating system, beating even Apple’s iOS. (VOA)