Google Duo gets video messaging feature

Sheri Evans
March 13, 2018

Google will allow users to record a 30-second "video message", when they are unable to accept a call, or if the call gets declined. Now, the ability to send money via Google Pay directly from Google Contacts is being rolled out to some users.

However, the company has added an option wherein the user can save their favourite video messages on smartphone.

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To play a video message received from another user, the receiver may tap their chat icon. And after you've watched their video message, you can tap the "Call now" button to easily call that person right back. But, you can always save your favorites locally to your phone. A report from Android Police indicated that a certain user came across the "Send" option on their Google Contacts app. As in case of all calls made on Duo, video messages are secure and end-to-end encrypted. That being said the "Request Money" option seems to be absent as of now, but the same was observed earlier in an apk teardown. The UI itself is basically the same as the one found in Android Messages, though you can choose which contact method (SMS, email, etc.). The rollout of this feature has begun from today, with all devices holding the app set to receive this capability soon. All said and done this is a nifty little feature for Google Pay users.

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