13 February 2020
Google debuted Duo as simple to use video calling app with no bells and whistles. But in the past year or so, the team has started to work towards adding small yet handy features to make the app more useful. In the same direction, Google Duo has now been updated to support sending still images as texts to contacts.
Google Duo can now be used for sending one photo at a time to any of your contacts. These are self-destructing photos which mean whatever image you will share, it will get deleted automatically after 24 hours. This is similar to what Snapchat does and what it made popular among users. The recipient will receive the image along with the alert notifying him about the ephemeral nature of the image.
Interestingly, you cannot share images directly from the Duo app for now. You will have to open the image in some other app like Google Photos, gallery or file manager. The next step is to choose the Share option and then select Duo from the list of available apps in the share sheet. Lastly, you will get some basic photo editing options like crop, add text, adjust color, and font size. This is not a convenient way of sharing images but we can expect Google to add native support within the app itself.
It is worth noting that even though Google Duo allows sharing one image at a time, it supports sharing that one image with multiple contacts (up to five) simultaneously. The new image sharing feature is available on Google Duo v56 but the ability to receive images is also live on Duo v55. Since Duo is quite popular among users, Google seems to be thinking about making it more than just a video calling app.