Google Duo may not have enjoyed the best of receptions from people out there when it was first launched by Google, but that has not stopped Google from updating the app with some cool features since that time.
Last March for instance, the Truecaller app got integrated with the Duo app—enabling video calling from the caller-identifier app. Also that month, Google updated Duo with audio calling feature in response to calls from users. Google said the new audio calling feature will work on all connection/speeds, and won’t require use of heavy data. Audio calling is a welcome option for users who will now not be limited to video calling alone.
Once you update the Truecaller app for iPhone to the latest version, you will notice the new Google Duo functionality within the Contact section under a selected contact.
Not done with adding new and exciting features to encourage more people to use the video-calling app, Google seems ready to step up the game. According to Android Headlines, Duo is coming up with additional color options [White Balance, Color Effects, and Exposure Compensation], round and adaptive icons, and additional camera settings.
With the White Balance setting, you can change the color balance of your video feed, and ultimately adding or creating a digital effect. The Exposure Compensation setting will provide you with more in-depth control over your image exposure. While the Color Effects will be more of automated.
Google Duo was launched in August 2016, and soon topped the chat in the Play Store top free downloads. The video chat app is designed to work exclusively on phones—and easy to use.
Once you tap on the face of the person you want to call, he or she answers, and you can both have a one-on-one video conversation. It’s biggest selling point is in its simplicity, which makes video chat more attractive to mobile phone users. If the goal was to create an app that will encourage people to chat on their mobile phone, then it is safe to say Google has done a great job.
Signing up too is easy! Once you sign up, Google Duo checks your phone number from your SIM and sends a confirmation text—it’s that simple and fast. As a matter of fact, there is no need to create account, and no need to bother about keeping a long friends’ list. Everything is linked to the contacts on your mobile phone and your phone number.
Allo, a chat app launched at about the same time as Duo in August 2016, was recently integrated with a feature that enables you to make Google Duo calls within the app. That means you can make calls to your Duo contacts without exiting the Allo app.
To be able to use this functionality within the app, you will need to have both Allo and Duo installed on your Android or iOS phone. The feature was announced last by Head of Product Google Allo, and Google Duo, Amit Fulay in a tweet last June.