02 March 2021
Google is said to replace its Duo app with Meet completely and this overhaul may take two years to accomplish. But some new features for Duo are already in the pipeline and Google believes this is the better time to release them. Google is bringing the Captions feature to Duo audio and video messages on both the platforms – Android and iOS.
Google quietly announced the new feature on Twitter, stating Captions are now available on Google Duo and the feature is helpful when you are in a noisy place. Note that the new feature is available only for recorded video and voice messages and not for live video calls. In saying so, this feature is different from the Live Captions feature available with Pixel phones that transcribes every spoken word on the device.
These captions will appear at the bottom of the screen just above the blue Call back button after your open Google Duo voicemails. This can be considered as one of the accessibility features, though it is helpful for just everyone, especially at moments when you can’t hear the message but can read to get it.
The development around this Captions feature was first spotted in February when the reverse engineering expert Jane Manchun Wong was able to find a reference to the same while digging within the code.
A Google spokesperson mentioned to AndroidPolice that the captions are available on both Android and iOS versions of Duo.