Google has found a way around getting your video messages across to people who usually don’t answer your calls for one reason or the other. By adding a video voicemail support, you will now be able to send your message across to those contacts that are usually too busy to pick your video calls.
You can now 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.
“With video messages on Google Duo, you can capture and share your important moments, even when friends and family can’t take your call. And like all calls made on Duo, video messages are secure and end-to-end encrypted,” Google said.
Here is how video voicemail works in Duo: open the app [Duo], 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.
Some users have already started using the feature, and you can give us a feedback to help us know if it is one of those tools that can truly make Duo an exciting video calling app.
Last December, we brought you a report that Google Duo will start alerting you during video calls when your battery hits a low percentage. The low battery alert feature is part of version 25 of the video calling app launched by Google over a year ago.
This is all part of Google’s plan to improve the general video conferencing experience. According to 9to5google, the alert will advise users to switch to voice mode from video in order to extend the battery life of their device.
Google also replaced or perhaps, I should just say renamed Audio mode feature to Voice mode. It’s just a change of name really, and the feature still offers the same function as before. To reflect this change in name, the toggle to switch modes on the video calling app’s main screen has now been updated to reflect the change.