Among few other new features, Google Duo will alert 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 advice 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.
A second warning alert or notification for users has now been added. This will help resolve any issue that you might have when making calls. In case you are unable to hear anything during call, this little but important update will come in very handy.
Back in September, we brought you a report that Duo was 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 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.
Apparently, the video-calling app didn’t get off to a great start—and that required Google to step up the game a bit. Audio calling really helped to improve its rating a bit, and elevated it a gear above what it was a couple of months after launch. So, last March for instance, the Truecaller app got integrated with the Duo app—enabling video calling from the caller-identifier app.
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.
Allo, a chat app launched at about the same time as Duo in August 2016, was also 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.
There’s more work to be done if Google really wants its video calling app to be listed among the very best in the industry.