Google brings caption to Duo to help make conversation better

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It happens most of the time that we lose important aspect of conversation with others while on a video or audio call. Factors that lead to this issue are often beyond the immediate control of developers; and the good thing is that Google seems to have found a way to reduce such issues. Google Duo has added a “caption” functionality that aims to improve conversation during voice or video chats.

Caption was announced via Twitter, and is expected to help improve conversation while using Google Duo in those noisy environment when you need all the quiet you can get. Caption is already rolling out to users out there; and is likely to make the app even more popular.

In other Google Duo news, the video calling app now supports up to 32 participants in group calling on the web. This is especially encouraging considering that a lot of meetings are being held remotely these days as a result of the pandemic, which has forced a lot of companies to work from home.

Before that update was made, group calling on Duo was exclusive to the Android and iOS versions of the app. That, however, changed last June as you and your friends can host a chat session on the app via desktop and still get same quality as what is obtainable on the app version. Actually, it was limited to just 12 participants, but things have evolved—the fact that people now work remotely or are forced to work from home because of the pandemic have changed a lot of things. The need for videoconferencing app has taken over how we do things; and people just cannot afford to stay without keeping in touch with one another.

Group calling on Duo however, requires that you sign in to your Duo with your Google Account—phone number not enough this time around. When signed in, simply tap “Create group” beneath the current “Start a call” button.

Earlier on, Google added the ability for people to reach you via your email address—though, you are still required to sign up with your phone number. The email feature removes the need for people to reach you through your phone number whenever they want to chat with you. Version 87 now displays a banner explaining that you are now reachable via email. However, this functionality can be disabled if you do not want to be reached via your email address. Simply go to Settings > Account to have it disabled.

Author: Ola Ric

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