Google Duo has planned a lot of new features to release. Google announced that the video calling app would get the new features in the coming weeks. According to the company, they are releasing the new updates as right now, due to coronavirus pandemic, the users are increasing on this video calling app. In a blog post, Google said that the Duo is coming with a snapshot feature, i.e., Duo Moments. This feature will allow the users to take screenshots during a video call. The app is also going to increase the number of participants during a group video call. Right now, a maximum of 12 people can do the group call together.
On Tuesday, Google said in the blog post that the Google Duo app is adding around 10 million new users every week. In many countries, the call minutes on the app increased ten times more. While keeping this point in mind, Google announces that they are going to improve the video quality with the company’s latest AV1 (AOMedia Video 1) video codec technology. They are also going to increase the overall security of the app. Google has claimed that AV1 technology improves video quality, even on very low bandwidth connections. Still, it is not clear that when the new update will roll out.
The blog post said that the Google Duo is also coming with a feature to take a snapshot named Duo Moments. This feature will let the users capture the screenshots while doing a video call with another user. In one of the post, Google said that the feature is already rolled out, but the Duo users in India didn’t get this update yet. In a separate forum, Google explained how to use the Duo Moments; both of the participants have to enable the Moments feature.
To enable the Duo Moments, Android users have to go to Settings > Call settings > turn on Google Moments. The users of the iPhone and iPad can enable the feature by going to Settings > turn on Google Moments. The tech giant said that this feature is not available on the group video calls yet.
Google said that the Duo would allow more participants to join a group call after some time. Thought, Google didn’t mention that this will apply to audio group calls or not. Right now, Google allows 12 participants during a group video and audio call.
Google also said that the Duo users are sending 180% more messages, with an 800% increase in regions especially impacted by the social distancing. Now, the Duo users can save the video and voice messages that were earlier disappeared within a day after sending it.
With this update, Google is aiming to help the users to feel close with their friends and family even if they can’t be physically together in this coronavirus pandemic