Update adds seven filters and six effects to Google Duo video messages

Update adds seven filters and six effects to Google Duo video messages
Google has been constantly working to improve the Duo video chat app. Recently a low-light mode was added to the app allowing Duo users to engage in a video chat even in less than optimal lighting. In May, Google added group video calling with up to four contacts able to video chat at the same time. While that is well short of the 32 that can FaceTime simultaneously on the iPhone, Google says that it will keep expanding the number of Duo users able to engage in a group video chat.

With Google Duo, users can record video messages and send them to friends, family members or co-workers. And in February, Google added a special effect to Duo giving users the ability to record a video message with pink heart bubbles in the background for Valentine's Day; that effect was only offered for the holiday. But now, according to Android Police, Google has added seven filters and six effects to Duo.

To access these new filters, open up the Duo app and swipe down to record a video message. On the right side of the screen, you'll have the choice of selecting filters or effects. After you make your selection and choose a filter or effect, start recording. Some of the filters add heart-shaped tinted glasses or turn you into a shades-wearing cat with whiskers, or make it appear as though you are looking through an open window. The effects choices will change some of the color tinting of a message and one can add a bokeh blur in the background. Right now, the filters and effects are available for video messages, not live video.

While the report says that the new filters and effects showed up on version 63 of the Duo app, it didn't surface on our Pixel 2 XL running that version of the app. This leads us to believe that this is a server-side update. That means that there is nothing you can do but wait for it to arrive on your phone.

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