Google rolling out Duo 5.0 with major video quality improvements

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When Google released their brand new video chat app Duo this Fall, they aimed to provide an experience that was simple and could provide uninterrupted and good quality video and audio regardless of your location or connection strength. And with downloads on Android hovering around the 10 million mark, it shows that if nothing else Google has peaked the interest of a lot of users. A major update is starting to roll out now that will provide a number of benefits.

Join us after the break for the details.

Android Pay getting festive for the holidays, especially in the UK

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Google has been seeing good success with their Android Pay framework and service since rolling it out last May. According to Google, it is especially popular in the UK and to help celebrate the progress, timed nicely with the holiday season, Android Pay users have some special features and opportunities they can take advantage of through the end of the year.

Trusted Contacts is a new Google app to keep track of friends and family

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Google has launched a brand new app called Trusted Contacts that wants to bring a little extra peace of mind to anyone that frequently travels alone, at night, or in any other less than 100% safe situation.

The concept of the app is pretty simple; you pick a few favorite, trusted contacts, and the app shares your location with them and keeps them updated until you’ve made it home or to your car.

The best apps, games, and movies of 2016 according to Google

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While it seems that we are hurtling towards the New Year with ever-increasing speed, 2016 isn’t quite done and dusted just yet. There are still a bunch of burning questions to answer, one of which is what were the best apps of 2016? As they did in 2015, Google has helpfully compiled a list of the year’s top apps, games, movies, and more. Join us after the break for more details.

“Ok Google” hotword finally on its way to Android Auto

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It’s certainly a little strange that Android Auto hasn’t had the “Ok Google” hands-free voice detection available, especially when you consider how dangerous it is to fiddle with your smartphone while driving. But, it looks like that’s all changing now. While no official announcement has been made yet, it seems that Google is rolling out the hands-free voice detection over the coming weeks.

Join us after the break for details.

Netflix finally adds the ability to download content for offline playback

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It’s a feature that Netflix has been rumored to have both considered and discarded in recent times, but it seems that the video streaming service has finally decided to offer the ability to download content to watch at a later date. Being able to download content means that it’s going to be easier to watch your favorite Netflix shows, especially useful if you don’t have access to high-speed WiFi, or you don’t have network coverage while you are out and about.