Duo gets audio calling and Allo gets file sharing

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Google Duo – Audio Calling

Duo is a easy way to communicate via video with friends and family on Android and iOS.  With the latest update, you will also be able to voice call. This will be a nice update, particularly for situations where you are in a public area or have limited bandwidth.

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Google Allo – Sending Files

Allo is a great way to communicate with friends. Since its launch in September, it has continued to add new features, making the app more and more useful.  Today Google updated the app to enable file sharing, I don’t have much use for that feature now but it will be nice once they enable Allo on the Desktop.  The next step is to allow Allo to be my default SMS client.

source – The Keyword (Google Blog)

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Allo is getting even better

The Allo app is a great way to communicate with friends. Using Google’s machine learning in the form of Google Assistant, it makes texting more fun by adding relevant GIFs, Stickers, Emojis, and quick responses.  This latest update takes those same features and makes them even more accessible.

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A GIF library at your fingertips

A few months ago, we introduced a smarter way to help you find the perfect emoji or sticker without having to scroll through hundreds of options. Now, we’re making it easier to add GIFs to your conversations too—just tap the smiley icon in the chat bar and swipe left to find the right GIF for your chat.To roll the dice with GIFs, we also recently introduced Lucky. Tap on a Smart Reply with the Lucky icon or type “@lucky” followed by a phrase, and you can share a randomly selected GIF to your friends. So far, lmaowow, and I love you are among the most used phrases with Lucky.

Bring your emojis to life

We’re guessing that you don’t keep a straight face when you hear a great joke. So why should emoji?! Step up your emoji game with new animated emojis in Google Allo. To animate your emoji, touch and hold the send button, and then drag up to see it come to life. This currently works on 10 emoji (try one of these: , , , , or ).

 

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One tap to get help from your Google Assistant

The Google Assistant can help you share lots of information and content right in your chats, like movie showtimes, YouTube videos, or even pics of cats in hats (because why not?). So today we’re adding a shortcut to make it faster and easier to bring the Google Assistant into chats with friends. Just tap the Google Assistant icon in the compose box and your Assistant is ready to help.

These new features in Google Allo will be rolling out on Android starting today, and will come to iOS soon.

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source – Google Blog