Google announces app updates to Allo, Duo, and Photos

Google has announced a slew of updates to its Duo, Allo, and Photos apps, including new calling capabilities, file transfers, and easier photo sharing.

Google Duo will also offer audio-only calls on Android and iOS. The new feature is now available in Brazil and will be arriving “around the world in the coming days,” according to Google.  Google reported that they are now adding audio-only calling in Duo. So in those moments when video calling isn’t an option users can stay connected with family and friends through audio calling. Duo audio calls work well on all connection speeds and won’t eat up your data. This feature will be available  first in Brazil, and we’ll be rolling it out to users around the world in the coming days.

Android users everywhere will also be able to share documents and other files (.pdf, .docs, .apk, .zip, and mp3) with friends on Allo. And for users in Brazil, Google is rolling out Smart Smiley in Portuguese, which uses machine learning to help you find the right emoji faster. Tap the Smart Smiley icon on the compose bar, and the app will suggest relevant emojis and stickers to help you finish your thought.

Per the press release, “never mind if you’re at the beach or hiking in the mountains,” you can still share photos instantly. For the less fortunate among us, this will probably come in handy when we’re stuck on a crowded subway underground.

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