Google Duo gets screen sharing feature in latest update

image source: Android Police

The latest update to Google Duo (v34) introduces the long-awaited screen sharing feature. Now you'll be able to offer tech support to your parents and friends anywhere and at any time? Ain't that just great?

To start screen sharing, all you need to do is tap on the screen during a Duo call and select the new screen sharing icon. Unfortunately, the feature seems to be quite buggy right now, for some users at least. Android Police reports that in their tests, they only managed to get a static image of the caller's screen through to the recipient's phone.

When it works, screen sharing marks the area of your screen that's being cast over to the other side with red borders. You can also pause or stop sharing your screen at any moment. If you can't wait to get your hands on the new feature, however buggy it may be, update Google Duo to v34.

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7 Comments

1. akita256

Posts: 98; Member since: Jan 26, 2012

I'm still waiting on two other features that I would much rather have added: 1) the ability to take a video and snapshot of my screen when I am video talking to someone, and 2) the ability to have a video conversation with more than one person. For example, when I talk to my son and he shows me pictures of my grandkids, I have no way to capture and preserve a screen shot. This is frustrating and hard to believe that such a big company has not already incorporated this into their app.

2. Atrixboyyy

Posts: 595; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

you dont know how to take a screenshot? some phones come with the ability record the screen not all but some. im not sure if or when Goog will stop the half a%$ support of its social apps. allo was perfect outside of not being linked to your email and now there is another msging service coming from them .... stuck in 2014

3. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1318; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

Surely there must be other and better ways of getting pictures of your grandchildren. MMS, email, facebook, WhatsApp or any of the other hundreds of messaging apps.

4. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1318; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

I actually wouldn't mind the ability to record the video call actually.

6. Skizzo

Posts: 403; Member since: Jul 14, 2013

I believe Skype has that feature. I haven't used Skype outside of work, so I'm not super confident if it's the Skype app itself or a separate app that records our video conferences. Personally, I use Viber for everything.

5. akita256

Posts: 98; Member since: Jan 26, 2012

Yes there may be better ways of getting pictures...….but sometimes I'd like to be able to record what is on the Duo screen at that moment. The point here is that the technology exists but that Google chose not to design it into the app. One might can take a screen shot for a still picture, but it would be nice for Google to give us a button to press to capture a still shot. And the same for a short video...….just provide a way to capture a short video so what is on the screen at the moment is not lost forever. Seems so simple...…..why wouldn't a software engineer have designed that into the app??

7. EmilyBaker

Posts: 30; Member since: May 08, 2018

Interested

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