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How Google apps fill the gap created by social distancing

By Juliet Umeh

Before Covid-19, when technology experts emphasize that tech is the future, it sounded like folktales.

However, the reality is here that today, even as the ravaging COVID-19 has mandated people to embrace the new normal of working remotely, staying at home and practicing social distancing, they can also stay close to those they care about without harm.

At least, organizations, religion groups and schools can still achieve a reasonable amount of their targets, using technology.

Meanwhile, Search Engine Platform, Google, have listed some online tips that will help people keep in touch with those they care about.

These include:
*Google Duo: A free video calling app that allows users to spend time face-to-face even when they are far apart.
According to Google, users can connect with friends, co-workers and family using the app.

It said: “The app has a feature called, “Knock, Knock” where you can get a preview of who is on the other side of

Conversation on google App
the line before accepting the call. There is also Google Meet, a conferencing platform for secure video meetings.”

*Play online games
Google said: “You can easily find your friends on Google Play Games. You and your friends can compete on leaderboards, compare achievements and find new games together.

Games are more fun with the Google Play Games app. Whether it’s a puzzle or an action game, with “Instant Play” you can play your next favourite game without having to install anything.

*Share videos
“Stay in touch by sharing entertaining, educational or inspiring YouTube videos. Simply go to the YouTube Channel page, in the browser address bar, copy the URL and paste it wherever you want to share it.

Sharing videos with your friends and family can become a fun and exciting activity that creates a bond.”

* Google Calendar: Helps users quickly schedule meetings and events with friends, family and co-workers.

It also helps users keep track of events
The Google Meet link is available in your Calendar and you use it to host virtual meetings. You can share your calendar with others so they can find your schedule and fit in with theirs.

While Google Calendar is used for work purposes, it is also a good organizational tool that makes sure you get reminders for planned events”.

*Share Photos
“Using Google Photos, pictures you take are saved automatically and can be shared privately and securely with those you care about so you can relive happy memories together.

“You can make collages, movies or animations of your images and share them either by email, text or your favourite social network. Hundreds of photos can be shared at once with shareable links and high quality is always guaranteed. Note that the person you intend sharing photos with must also be using a Gmail account,” Google explained.

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