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Google Duo now available worldwide on Play Store

Google Duo now available worldwide on Play Store

Google's plan to spin-off the two main functions of its Hangouts app — messaging and video calls — into separates apps officially became a reality this week as Duo, the company's take on FaceTime, was released on both Android and iOS. While Duo has both advantages and disadvantages compared to other video calling apps, Android users around the globe can now give it a try as it's available on the Play Store worldwide, not just in the US.

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Google Duo will support audio-only calls ‘soon’

Google Duo will support audio-only calls ‘soon’

Earlier this week, Google introduced Duo, its latest app for both Android and iOS that features simple to use video calling. The comparisons to Apple's own FaceTime are obvious, with both offering high quality video and audio, however Duo's big advantage is that it is cross-platform. Unfortunately, the one major feature that Duo doesn't have yet is support for audio-only calls. But at least Google has confirmed that it's on the way.

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Google Duo (somewhat) launches to make video calls a breeze

Google Duo (somewhat) launches to make video calls a breeze

Despite being called smartphones majority of users hardly use their mobile devices for voice calls anymore these days. Of course, some still do, but even those usually course it through VoIP services rather than regular cellular lines. With phone calls practically a dead venue, Google is turning its attention to what it bills as the next best thing to communicating with someone with a personal touch: video calls. But as nice as the thought may be, video chat is also the most unreliable medium. That is why Google is finally launching its Duo app and service to make video calls a piece of cake.

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Skype debuts new browser-based group video chats, offline file sharing

Skype debuts new browser-based group video chats, offline file sharing

Microsoft's messaging and video chat platform Skype has rolled out several new features this week, starting with a new browser tool aimed at small businesses. Called Skype Meetings, it's a free, web-based option for group video chats, along with a few of the collaboration tools from Skype for Business. In addition, Skype's standard existing apps now feature the ability to share files with users even when they're offline.

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Skype drops the requirement for plugins on its web app

Skype drops the requirement for plugins on its web app

Microsoft has just announced that Skype for Web will no longer require a browser plugin or download of any kind, allowing users to make video and audio calls simply by signing in to the service. The company says that the Skype feature within Outlook.com, Office Online, and OneDrive is also plugin free. The catch is that it's limited to Microsoft's Edge browser on Windows 10 at the moment, but there are plans to do the same on other browsers, making it easier to use Skype in situations where local installations aren't possible.

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Microsoft discontinues Skype app for smart TVs

Microsoft discontinues Skype app for smart TVs

Video calling has become a ubiquitous form of communication these days, with a myriad of apps and services on the desktop, tablets, and most notably smartphones. Microsoft's Skype is already one of the dominant options, with a popular service working well across a number of platforms. It turns out the living room television never caught on as a useful way to make video calls, so Skype has said that it's ending support for its smart TV apps this June.

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Slack debuts voice calling on desktop and Chrome apps

Slack debuts voice calling on desktop and Chrome apps

As was predicted just yesterday, Slack has revealed that it's bringing native voice calls to its virtual office/messaging/collaboration service. The feature will start rolling out today as a beta in the official Slack desktop apps as well as the Chrome plugin. Once activated, users don't need to rely on any additional apps or services external to Slack to make a voice call, including the recent integration with Skype.

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Skype now offers 25-person video calling on iOS, Android

Skype now offers 25-person video calling on iOS, Android

Microsoft's Skype has just announced a major new feature upgrade for its iOS and Android mobile apps: support for group video calling with up to 25 people. That's huge increase over the limit to one-on-one video calls that existed before today. Skype users in the US and Europe should have access to multi-user video calls between today and the end of next week, while Microsoft says it will be available worldwide by the end of March.

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Look out Cisco, Logitech is gunning for your video calls

Look out Cisco, Logitech is gunning for your video calls

You may not have realized it, but there's a war going on in video calling. The space between impromptu, FaceTime-style smartphone chats and huge, custom conference suite installations is widening, as offices evolve and collaborations span countries not just cubicles.

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Skype now supports real-time video translation

Skype now supports real-time video translation

We know that Skype has been providing free video chats for 10 years now, and has even announced group video chats for mobile. But what happens when you're using those free video chats to talk to someone on the other side of the globe, that doesn't speak your language? Well, Skype now has an answer for that.

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UK police to test crime reporting over Skype

UK police to test crime reporting over Skype

Video chat platform/app Skype has long been replacing the way people contact each other, from personal calls across the globe to teleconferencing in business environments. Now it may finally find a place in contacting law enforcement. The police in the UK city of Peterborough have revealed a trial program where crime reports and follow-up interviews can done over Skype. Now, this isn't for emergency calls to police, like in the event of an attack or serious injury, but rather for those time when an officer would to someone's home to discuss something less serious.

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Nucleus brings intercoms, video calling to the smart home

Nucleus brings intercoms, video calling to the smart home

Nucleus (the name of both the company and the product) is a new device that aims to combine the best of video calling and home intercoms with voice commands. The mini tablet can be mounted to wall or just placed on a counter or table, and be used to connect and communicate with others in just seconds, bypassing even the steps that FaceTime and Skype users must go through before getting into a call.

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