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Google Duo gets some major video improvements with 5.0 update

The Google Duo video chat app is rolling out an update to version 5.0, which is supposed to include some major video improvements.

Published onDecember 6, 2016

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Google launched its Google Duo app earlier this year, and the video calling and chat app was supposed to be the company’s Android answer to Apple’s FaceTime for iOS. Today, a new 5.0 version of the app is rolling out, and it is supposed to include some “major video quality improvements” among its additions.

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At least, that’s the good word from Justin Uberti, the technical leader on the Google Duo team, via his Twitter feed tonight. He added that “user testing has shown great results” with this new version. Hopefully, that translates into the real world as well. In addition, Uberti stated version 5.0 includes a “simpler signup flow” along with “seemless camera rotation” for Duo users. Finally, the update fixes a bug that was causing sound not to play for some users.

The update just started its rollout, and as with all such updates from the Google Play Store, it may take a few days to make its way to everyone. If you have downloaded and installed Google Duo 5.0, can you see any major video improvements in the app? If so, let us know in the comments.

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