Google announced a couple of notable updates for its Duo and Photos apps yesterday at the company’s São Paulo event, where it pitched the features as ideal solutions for users in low connectivity areas.
Google Photos received two new features to make photo backup and sharing easier when using the app in locations with poor network coverage.
Photos now backs up images in a lightweight preview quality that Google says “still looks great on a smartphone” and can be easily shared over poor connections. When a good Wi-Fi connection does become available, the backed up photos are automatically replaced with high quality versions.
We’re also making it easier to share many photos at once even on low connectivity. Never mind if you’re at the beach or hiking in the mountains, with Google Photos you can now share pictures quickly even with a spotty connection by sending first in low resolution so friends and family can view them right away. They’ll later update in higher resolution when connectivity permits.
Video calling app Duo gained an audio-only calling feature that users can switch to when an internet connection is poor. The features for both apps are available in Brazil from today, and Google says it will be rolling them out to users around the world in the coming days.
Yesterday, Google also announced a new feature for Maps that lets users share their real-time locations with friends and family.
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