Google seems to be working on introducing a new low-light mode for its in-house video calling service, Google Duo. According to recent reports on the internet, the company is currently testing the mode for select users along with another requested feature in the form of group calls. This is not the first time that we are hearing about both these features as they were spotted back in APK teardowns of the Google Duo app back in November and March 2018 respectively. It looks like now the feature is ready for testing with a gradual rollout over the coming months if not weeks.
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To initiated group video calls, the users will be required to create a group and then initiate the group video call. Taking a closer look at the features, it doesn’t look like the company has currently added the functionality of adding users to an ongoing video call. Users can create multiple groups and these groups appear at the top of the contact list for easy access.
Talking about the low light mode, the app will automatically detect if you are in “rather dark” environment or room and then ask the user to enable the low light mode. As part of this mode, the app will “automatically adjust your video in dark environments so others can see you better”.