Google Duo adds Dark Mode—and the list keeps growing

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I have stopped taking stock of Google apps that have been integrated with the Dark Mode—and now there is a new one. The very popular Dark Mode has finally arrived on Google Duo—the video-chat app that is fast becoming the favorite of millions of users out there.

The video chat app has received a server-side switch of the 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.

Android Police reports that 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.

Credit: https://www.androidpolice.com/2019/10/04/dark-mode-comes-to-google-duo-on-android/

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.

Filters have also been added—seven of them as a matter of fact. However, you cannot mix and match them with effects. Atop of it is a carousal picker with small previews is the record button, camera switcher, and the ability to access your photo library. Before now, you could markup doodle before sending; this has not changed and is pretty still the same.

A couple of months ago, Google Duo rolled out data saver mode for the app. With just a flip of a switch will encourage the use of the app even more—especially in those countries and regions where broadband is so expensive.


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Author: Ola Ric

Ola Ric is a professional tech writer. He has written and provided tons of published articles for professionals and private individuals. He is also a social commentator and analyst, with relevant experience in the use of social media services.

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