Google Duo adds 4 new features to the video calling app

By Rahul Vaimal, Associate Editor
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Google Duo | Image Courtesy: Google Duo Website

Google has commenced rolling out four new features in its video calling app Google Duo, along with a guarantee to add more soon.

The search engine giant is rolling out a new video codec technology to improve video call quality and reliability, even on very low-bandwidth connections.

The second feature that Google is releasing on Duo will allow users to click a photo during a video call.

Users can take a photo together to capture the moment on smartphones, tablets, and Chromebooks, and share it automatically with everyone on the call. They will be able to do this on group calls and on more devices soon, the company said.

Dave Citron, Group Product Manager, Google Duo

“Every week, over 10 million new people are signing up for Duo, and in many countries, call minutes have increased by more than ten-fold,” Dave Citron, Group Product Manager, Google Duo added on Tuesday.


Google recently increased its member limit on video calls to 12 users and now the company has revealed its plans to further expand the limit.

Google is also adding a feature that will now automatically save video and voice messages that previously expired after 24 hours.

Users can send personalized video and voice messages when they can’t call. Google now lets its users say “I’m thinking of you” or “I miss you” using one of its Augmented Reality (AR) effects.


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