11 February 2019
Google has been reported to be working on a low light mode for Duo video calling for quite some time. It is one of the biggest features that will be coming to the app in the near future. And now, XDA folks have shared a video showing the Duo low light mode in action after enabling it manually with a few tweaks with the app.
In the short test video clip, Google Duo's low light mode can be seen working as one would expect. It makes the user completely visible even in the darkness which is definitely impressive. The difference between the video calling quality with and without low light mode is evident instantly. It is not as good as Pixel's Night Sight mode but it is definitely a handy option for low-light video calling situations.
During the same test, XDA discovered that Duo is set to get another new feature which is basically a valentine's day video effect. It basically makes heart-shaped bubbles fly around the user. These bubbles move from the top to bottom but they are almost everywhere around the user. They even appear from the back of the user's head in the video feed which suggest Google must be using some kind of depth field effect technology to make it work that way.
While this video effect should become available for everyone in time for the Valentine's Day, there are no words on when exactly the low-light mode will be released. It does seem like the release is closer than ever but it is still hard to pinpoint on a specific timeline yet.