Google Duo users can now see contacts that often use Duo before calling

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Credit: https://thenextweb.com/apps/2018/01/12/google-duos-voice-and-video-calls-work-even-when-your-contact-doesnt-have-the-app/

Google Duo video calling app has evolved, still there is room for improvement. That perhaps explains the reason why Google has just added the ability for you to see contacts that often use Duo before calling.

This will help a great deal as it will enable you to know those users who use the app often, and allow you to focus on them. What is the point in trying to call those people who barely use the app—I mean a once in a month user is unlikely to respond to calls compared to someone who is always active on the app.

The new update allows you to see new labels next to people who often use the app. This can be seen when scrolling through your list of contacts on Duo—the labels beside their names will read “On Duo often.” With this, you can easily figure out who is more likely to pick your call or respond to your message.

Credit: https://www.androidpolice.com/2019/10/10/you-can-now-see-which-of-your-contacts-are-often-on-duo-before-contacting-them/

That, however, is not the only change made to the video-calling app. According to Android Police, Google Duo now boasts of another small, but important feature that reminds you that your phone number will be visible to anyone you reach out to. The new feature is called “Calling as,” and is available v64 of Google Duo.

The very popular Dark Mode finally arrived on Google Duo earlier in October. The video chat app 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.

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. 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.”


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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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