Tag Archive: Calls


Google Duo group calls are coming to the web as a Chrome preview

They’re also adding a family mode with fun video effects and masks.

What you need to know Group calls will be coming to Duo on the web in the coming weeks, initially as a Chrome preview. A new family mode lets you draw and apply video filters in Duo calls. Those same filters and effects are coming to regular Duo calls as well.

Google rolled out web support for one-on-one calls through its Duo video calling service  [Read More…]

Here are some easy ways to simplify those inevitable tech support calls

Did you try turning it off then turning it back on again?

I suspect that if you’re reading this article and you’re an Android Central regular that you’re pretty tech-savvy. You’ve probably also been called on more times than you can count to help solve some sort of (real or imagined) tech crisis for friends and family. For many like us, this deluge of calls and texts is usually centered around the holidays, but now that we’re  [Read More…]

Get clearer and stronger voice calls on your Samsung Galaxy phone

You may have heard the term Voice over LTE or VoLTE and not realized exactly what it was or why your phone would need to use it. VoLTE is just a fancy way of saying that your phone is using a portion of the LTE data spectrum for voice calls, which should result in a more consistent signal and clearer calls. Most modern phones will have this setting turned on by default, though there may be reasons why  [Read More…]

Live Caption for phone calls may be coming to Android very soon

It’s accompanied by an automated message to ensure the participants’ privacy.

What you need to know Live Caption will soon work with phone calls. Code found in the third Android 11 Developer Preview shows Google is actively working on the feature. Turning it on will be accompanied by an automated message informing other participants that the call is being transcribed.

When it launched with Android 10 last year, Live Caption was one of the most exciting new  [Read More…]

Google Meet now offers Zoom-like grid layout for video calls

The new grid layout lets you view up to 16 participants on your screen at once.

What you need to know Google is rolling out four new Meet features to customers globally. Meet now offers an expanded tiled layout, similar to Zoom. Google Meet has also gained “present a Chrome tab,” low-light mode, and noise cancellation features.

Last week, Google added a couple of new features to Meet, including Gmail integration. The company has now announced that  [Read More…]

Google Duo is getting 4 exciting upgrades to make video calls even better

Better video quality, larger group calls, and more!

What you need to know Duo’s end to end encrypted calling is getting a new video codec to improve call quality and reliability. You can now take a photo with the person you’re chatting with, so you can create memories together. Group call size recently increased from eight to twelve participants, with plans to further grow that limit.

Google Duo, like many other video calling platforms, has seen a  [Read More…]

WhatsApp will soon let you host larger group calls

The call UI will also be changed to more prominently display the fact that WhatsApp is using end-to-end encryption.

What you need to know WhatsApp is looking to expand its limit on group audio and video calls. The latest betas for the app suggest the limit will be increased from the current four per call. In addition, the app will soon start displaying a new banner that alerts users that calls are end-to-end encrypted.

WhatsApp is looking  [Read More…]

Google is leveraging machine learning to make Duo calls sound better

The tech is called WaveNetEQ.

What you need to know Google is using machine learning to deal with packet loss of audio data on its video calling app. The feature’s already available on Pixel 4 devices via the December feature drop. Other as-yet-unnamed phones are also slated to receive the same tech in the future.

Google’s Duo is already “the best video calling service that you’re not using” — even Samsung, it seems, has seen light —  [Read More…]

How to prevent unwanted people from joining your Houseparty calls

Houseparty, has risen in popularity since people have been isolating themselves. The app allows people to video chat, play games, answer trivia, and more all virtually, making it a safe way to socialize right now. Still, some people have been complaining that random people are joining their video chats.

Twitter is ablaze right now with tweets of people telling stories of strangers joining their video chats. It turns out that if your party isn’t locked, or you don’t  [Read More…]

Is Tello Mobile using cellular or VoIP for calls?

Best answer: Tello is a small carrier that relies on Sprint’s network for phone calls, and as such, uses cellular for its services. You can choose how many minutes you want each month, ranging from 100 up to unlimited.

Cellular calling: Tello (From $ 5/month at Tello) Great value: Google Pixel 3a ($ 399 at Amazon) Tello uses cellular, not VoIP

If you’re interested in joining Tello, chances are you want to know whether it uses cellular  [Read More…]