23 January 2020
It has been over three years since Google Duo was released with the goal of simplifying video call experience on smartphones and tablets. There is no doubt that the app has proved to be a success, especially among Android users. Google also keeps adding new features like group video calling and data saver to make the app better. And now, it is reported to be working on a new change that will improve its user interface.
As spotted by Android Police folks, the Google Duo call interface is undergoing a visual change. The app currently shows all ongoing video call related options on the left side with vertical alignment. This results in these options taking up valuable space on the interface that can hinder your video calling experience. Google is now working on replacing that with a bottom bar where all these options will be aligned horizontally.
The video call disconnect button position will remain unchanged but you will find other options on either side of it. On the left side, there are buttons for turning the camera and microphone off. The right side has the camera switch (front or rear) button and a three-dot menu option. Tapping on the last one currently shows only one option which is a toggle for Low-light mode.
This new Googe Duo design appears to be a result of a server-side change. It means if you have not received it yet, your only option is to wait and hope that it gets enabled for you sometime soon. However, do install any pending Duo update that you may have by visiting the application store on your particular device. As and when Google will go for a wider rollout, we will keep you updated.