Tech giant Google has rolled out an update for its video calling app Duo. The company claims that the new features on Duo will help users stay connected and will make conversations with ones more special.
The company has introduced a new family mode in the app. The new call will let you doodle on video calls for everyone to see and also surprise them with fun effects and masks that transform you into astronauts, cats, and more.
Just start a video call, tap the menu icon, and then tap Family to get started. This new family mode is available when signed into Duo with your Google account. As always, calls on Duo are end-to-end encrypted and stay private between you and your loved ones.
Apart from this, Google also announced that in the coming weeks you’ll be able to make group calls with Duo on the web, starting as a preview on Chrome, alongside a new layout that lets you see more people at the same time. To make getting together easier, you’ll also be able to invite anyone with a Google account to join a group call with just a link.
Recently, it was reported that Google might ditch the phone number based contact method for Google Duo web and use email addresses instead. Now, a reverse engineering expert for apps, Jane Manchun Wong posted on her official Twitter handle that the company might bring the email-based contact method to the Duo mobile apps as well.
Currently, users need to enter their phone number to login into Google Duo account or even to search someone on Google Duo and if Wong’s claims are considered correct, people might be able to use the email address instead of phone number to search people on their Google Duo contacts and make calls.