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Google Duo v37 may be adding “pause” to video chats and rewards for referring friends [APK Teardown]

Thursday, July 12th, 2018

A new version of Google Duo is began rolling out earlier today. It doesn't look like any new features have gone live with this update, nor does it appear to restore the screen sharing feature that was briefly enabled a couple months ago. However, there are some new things to look forward to in the future, including what is likely a pause button for video chats and a reward system for inviting friends to use Duo.

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Google Duo v37 may be adding "pause" to video chats and rewards for referring friends [APK Teardown] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Instagram video calling, redesigned Explore tab available now

Wednesday, June 27th, 2018

Instagram's received a considerable update. Weeks after the announcement of Direct video calling integration and testing of a redesigned Explore, the features are now officially available. Instagram has also introduced a number of new camera effects, designed by Ariana Grande, the NBA, and Buzzfeed, among others.

Instagram Direct conversations now have an icon (it's a camera, of course, but I can't not see it as a coffee mug) in the top-right that will open a video call with whomever you're talking to.

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Instagram video calling, redesigned Explore tab available now was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Duo v36 drops Jelly Bean and adds some finishing touches for tablets and smart displays [APK Teardown]

Monday, June 25th, 2018

An update to the Duo app is making its way out, but this appears to be a small-ish service update, at least for now. There's no specific sign that this version will re-launch the screen sharing feature after it rolled out in a malfunctioning state with v34, but it's possible that the implementation has been fixed and the feature will be turned on later. Instead, this update marks the end of Jelly Bean support.

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Google Duo v36 drops Jelly Bean and adds some finishing touches for tablets and smart displays [APK Teardown] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Instagram announces video chat, sharing to Stories from other apps, new bullying filter, and more

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018

Facebook's F8 developer conference is underway in San Jose right now, and that means lots of new announcements about many of the company's products. It's funny to think the $1 billion acquisition of Instagram in 2012 was actually met with huge skepticism. The photo sharing app seems to have gone from strength to strength and has come out of the recent Facebook scandals largely unscathed.

Yesterday, Instagram announced a host of new features designed to help users share, connect, and discover.

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Instagram announces video chat, sharing to Stories from other apps, new bullying filter, and more was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Snapchat adds group video chats with up to 16 participants

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018

Snapchat hasn't been doing well lately. The recent redesign received almost universal criticism, the company's stock price continues to fall, and layoffs have become common. For those of you still using the app regularly, you can now do group video chats with up to 16 people.

This appears to be another move to pull users away from other services - specifically Facebook Messenger, Skype, and Houseparty. Snap says the feature will be rolling out globally this week, so if you don't have it yet, you won't have to wait long.

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Snapchat adds group video chats with up to 16 participants was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Video chat in Facebook Messenger Lite is live [APK Download]

Thursday, March 22nd, 2018

Earlier this month, Facebook announced that video chat would soon be added to Messenger Lite. Video chat's been a staple of the standard version of Messenger for a long time, but given that Messenger Lite is supposed to be lighter and have less clutter, its addition is also a bit confusing. With the app's latest update, though, it's here whether you like it or not.

WHAT'S NEW

Video calls are here!

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Video chat in Facebook Messenger Lite is live [APK Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Messaging app Imo passes 500 million downloads

Sunday, January 7th, 2018

The instant messaging app Imo has crossed the threshold of a half-billion Play Store installs, and there's a pretty good chance you've never heard of it.

Imo was launched by former Googlers way back in 2010, and its claim to fame was offering an instant messaging platform that gathered all of your other messaging accounts in one place. That included AIM (RIP), Skype, Facebook, Google Talk, and yes, even MySpace.

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Messaging app Imo passes 500 million downloads was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Facebook’s group video chat app Bonfire comes to Android [APK Download]

Thursday, November 2nd, 2017

Facebook has tried to launch a few standalone apps that bear a suspicious resemblance to other services. Anyone remember the Snapchat clone Slingshot? Probably not, because no one used it. Facebook's latest attempt to steal someone's thunder is Bonfire, which is very similar to Houseparty. Bonfire launched on iOS a few months ago, but now it's on Android (sort of).

Bonfire is a group video chat app, which is hardly a unique idea.

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Facebook's group video chat app Bonfire comes to Android [APK Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Phone v12 reveals further Duo integration is coming [APK Teardown]

Friday, September 8th, 2017

Over the last few months, Google has been taking small steps to integrate Allo and Duo into different pieces of the phone. Most recently, Allo shortcuts were added to the Contacts app, but today's teardown is more closely related to Duo recording its video chats to the system call log. It looks like Google's next step may involve having its Phone app be a little more forward about Duo.

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Google Phone v12 reveals further Duo integration is coming [APK Teardown] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Duo v17 begins experimentation with color effects, white balance, and exposure controls, also brings round and adaptive icons [APK Teardown + Download]

Tuesday, August 29th, 2017

Duo has done well positioning itself as a simple, yet innovative app for video chat. Despite a focus on simplicity, it's time to begin experimenting with enhancements that can establish Duo with new audiences. The latest update contains clues suggesting the development team may bring some advanced camera settings to the app so users can make sure they're sending the very best image possible.

What's New


Unofficial Changelog: (the stuff we found)
  • Adaptive and round icons

Adaptive and round icons

Left: Old icon.

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Duo v17 begins experimentation with color effects, white balance, and exposure controls, also brings round and adaptive icons [APK Teardown + Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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