It has been Google Duo all the way—the video calling app has been grabbing all the headlines and getting stuffed with exciting new features lately. Fresh from getting a video voicemail support, the app is once again in the news for a new feature that might just take it one step closer to be an inch-perfect app. Google Duo now has an email address option so you can call your buddies via their Gmail address. Version 31 of the app now gives you the option to link your Google Account with the service.
Here is a document confirming the new Google Account support made available by Google via its support page:
“To connect with other people easily, link your Google Account to Duo. People with your Google Account, like your Gmail or phone number on Duo, can see that you use Duo and call you using the app.”
Want to add your Google Account right away? Here is how:
- Open the Duo app.
- Tap Menu > Settings > Google Account.
- Tap the Google Account you want to add. If you don’t already have an account added to your device, tap Add account.
- Follow the step on the screen.
You can also remove your account by following the same process as you would when adding your Google Account.
Last time out, early March to be precise, Google added video voicemail support. The update allows you to send your message across to those contacts that are usually too busy to pick your video calls.
You can leave up to 30-second messages for your contacts who will in turn be able to see them in the Duo app. Your contacts could decide to respond to the video voicemail message once they see it. You can also decide to either pick the video call or let it go to videomail.
Tap a name of a contact you want to call, while the call is ringing, tap “Leave a Video Message” or “Leave a Voice Message.” After a countdown that lasts for 3 seconds, record your message, and then tap to stop once you are done. You can preview your message before sending it or just tap send and you are done. However, you can start recording your message after a call rings for 60 seconds without any answer from the other end.
To play a received message, simply do the following: Open the Duo app, messages will show by your contact’s name, tap play, and then download or delete the message or call the person back. A message will be available for 24 hours after playing it unless you download it. All downloaded messages will be saved to your device.
The Google Account feature still has not been spotted by many users, and could take a couple of more days until it goes round. That said, it is a great feature—one that will further make the app more popular.
Do let us know when the Google Account feature shows up on your device.