Google Duo gets a new 30-second Video message update

The feature will allow users to share important moments, even when friends and family can't take the call.

If the person you're calling declines or misses your call, you can record up to 30 seconds of a video (or voice) message. The message is sent to a contact through the Duo app, which can be played after tapping on the user icon.

Google's video chats mobile app was announced at the company's developer conference in May 2016 and began its worldwide release in August of the same year. A recent apk teardown had also indicated new incoming features for the Google Contacts app, and this seems to have arrived, at least for a user in Canada. However, the receiver has the option of saving favourites locally to his/her phone.

Like other features of the Google Duo app, the "video messages" feature is also secured by end-to-end encryption. It is optimised for low-bandwidth networks. The app automatically switches between Wi-Fi and cellular networks. The feature is live starting today.

With the Reliance Jio 4G launch around the corner, the data strength to make video calls is going to get much better. In all likelihood, this new feature was enabled via server-side switch while the UI is similar to the one on the Android Messages.

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