Google adds faster way to send video messages to contact in Duo

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Credit: https://www.theverge.com/2018/3/7/17087830/google-duo-video-messages-voicemail-feature-update

Google has announced a new and faster way to send video messages to contacts in Duo. The faster sharing method according to Google, starts with a swipe down on the app’s homsecreen.

The new video sharing feature will prompt you to swipe down to record a message. With this update, you will now have faster access to the camera viewfinder that defaults to the front-facing camera. Per 9to5google, you will be able to switch lenses, and tap the capture the button.

You will be able to review the clip, or record a new one. You will be allowed to select multiple contacts to send your message to. To make sharing easier, Google has placed your most frequent contacts list above as a carousal, while the full list is available below.

The new feature has started rolling out on Android and iOS just in time for the holiday season.

A couple of months ago, Google started rewarding users who introduce their friends to the video-calling app. The scheme will reward users in the Philippines with data when they invite their friends who in turn registers with any number previously unused by them on the app.

Rewards, according to Google, will be entirely based on “where you live and the services you have,” Google said in a blog post. For those in the Philippines where the pilot test is being carried out prior to a global launch [if possible], you can earn data if you are a prepaid customer on Smart or Globe.

For all your efforts, Google will reward you with data, which can then be used to call your friends and probably do other things. After the process is completed, you will receive your reward automatically from your carrier.

Google’s video-calling app Duo has over 500 million downloads recorded in its favor in the Play Store. That is not a bad stats for an app that just clocked two years. Though, Duo did not hit the ground running, it eventually picked up a couple of months after launch.

Allo, a chat app released alongside Duo will from next year no longer be available for users. The rumors have been making the rounds in the last couple of weeks, but that has now been confirmed in a blog post on Thursday.

Allo will continue to work through March 2019 and until then, you’ll be able to export all of your existing conversation history from the app.” Until then, you can continue to use the app, though without support or any update.

Before Thursday’s announcement, Google had paused virtually everything that has to do with Allo. Instead, some of its unique and popular features were moved to Messages. Features such as Smart Reply, GIFs and desktop support were exported to Messaging, while Google Assistant found its way to several of other apps owned by Google.


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Author: Ola Ric

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