Google adds new video filters to Duo ahead of Halloween

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Halloween is around the corner, and Google is throwing its weight behind it by adding three new video filters for video calls on Duo. While making video calls, you will be able to add some interesting video effects alongside some very exciting filters to apply.

There are two Halloween options that you can choose from alongside one sparkler-laden Diwali on-screen greeting. You can add these new filters to your recorded messages by simply tapping the “Effects” button on the right side. There is also an on-screen prompt that allows you to add them too.

All filters are now available—you will get a pumpkin, orange witches hat, and some cool patches, while the other Halloween effect will super-impose you into a spooky haunted house. This is pretty much different for those celebrating Diwali—Google has added a sparkler that spells out “Happy Diwali.” Maybe nothing compared with the Halloween filters, but still something to celebrate Diwali.

A couple of weeks ago, Duo received a server-side switch of the popular Dark Mode feature; and adds to Google’s impressive list of apps that have welcomed the feature. Dark theme on Duo is not different from what we have seen in other Google apps. It uses the same grey shade as apps earlier released by Google. The grey share appears throughout the interface, with the text elements getting switched to light grey or white.

The good thing about Duo’s version of dark theme is that it would work on older version of Android apparently because it has a manual theme setting. Just to add that the feature is currently only available on Android with no words yet when it would be available on iOS.

The Dark Mode on Google Duo is available on version 63, and may have made its way to previous versions of the app. So, you might want to check your current version to see if this is already available.

The video chat app is currently testing face effects and filters for video messages. Duo is now looking more like a social app by the day; and I am sure users won’t mind should that be the case. With face effects and filters, you will be able to customize video messages before sending them.

Some users are being prompted to “Try out new effects” after updating to Duo 63 for Android, reports 9to5google. The recording screen, however, is still being accessed by simply swiping down from the homescreen, with two buttons appearing at the right side for “Effects” and “Filters.”

Google has added effects, which introduce animated background that has the ability to feature a cutout. The effects are six in number, with most of them basically being fully immersive by customizing your surroundings. Two fun glasses have been attached to track and require a face.


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Author: Ola Ric

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