Google Duo adds data saver feature that may affect video call quality

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Credit: https://9to5google.com/2019/04/10/google-duo-data-saver-rollout/

A regular user of any video calling app will easily tell you that much data is consumed in the process of having a conversation with friends. To solve this problem, developers usually introduce all kinds of features including ones that will slim down the volume of data consumed in the process of making video calls. As expected, these data saver features affect the quality of calls; but users don’t often complain as long as they can chat with their loved ones. Google Duo has joined the league of such video-calling apps, and has added a data saver feature.

With just a flip of a switch, the data saver feature, which is currently only available to some users, will encourage the use of the app even more—especially in those countries and regions where broadband is so expensive.

The new feature, according to 9to5google, is located under the Settings menu on version 50 and version 51 of Google Duo. The data saver feature will of course, affect the video quality of calls. The good thing is that you and the person in a conversation will have the opportunity to save data when the feature is turned on.

A couple of weeks ago, Google Duo finally became accessible to all users via the web. It is some achievement for Google considering the fact that the app has not suffered similar fate as Allo—a chat app launched alongside Duo two year ago. A web version now means you can launch a video call to your friends via your browser.

The setup is so easy that it only takes only a couple of minutes and you are done. As a matter of fact, no phone number authentication is required, and no QR code scans just like we have in other Google products with web version. The option to answer a Duo call on your phone is still available; you will however, get a browser notification if you are logged in.

The Duo page comes with all your synchronized Duo contacts, which allows for a simple search to initiate a call. It is important to state at this point that Duo for web also supports both video and voice calls. You will also get a preview window to be sure you look presentable before starting a call. The UI has also been designed to display either regular or narrow [for a phone screen] video frames.

For easier access, you can download the Duo app on your desktop. Simple go to your Chrome browser, click on settings and scroll to where it asks if you want to install the app. This option allows for easier access to the video and voice call app anytime you want to make a call.


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Author: Ola Ric

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