Google Duo V26 Brings Support for H.265 and More

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After Google's decision to split up Hangouts' functionalities into several apps, none of them have been doing too well. Google Duo is no different, with it failing to attract as many users as its competitors such as WhatsApp and Telegram. But, credit where it's due, Google is making a genuine effort to make their applications more feature-rich. Recently, in the previous version of Duo, Google added support for video calls to be made to non-Duo users. It also works with audio-only calls and recipients can answer the call by dragging up on the phone icon, mute their mic or change cameras, and hang up just like a regular Duo call.

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One of the most notable upgrades in Duo v26 is going to be compatibility with the H.265 video compression standard. High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC), or H.265, is a video compression standard designed to substantially improve coding efficiency when compared to its predecessor, the Advanced Video Coding (AVC), or H.264. H.265 promises up to a 50% storage reduction as its algorithm encodes video at the lowest possible bit rate while maintaining a high image quality level, allowing high-quality video to be streamed over even a congested network.

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Another notable upgrade in Duo v26 is likely going to be the ability to send video messages to other contacts without actually connecting a call. Recipients will be able to watch/hear the messages, save them for later, or delete them. One can also record a message in either audio-only format or with full video and send it to a contact of their choosing. The recipient will get a notification to immediately listen/watch the message. The feature was hinted during previous releases but is yet to see the light of the day. We're hoping that it finally hits the shelves with v26.

Lastly, Google appears to be testing some new interface changes to the contact list in Duo. These were mostly cosmetic changes, but they served to make a list a bit more fluid and streamlined. I haven't seen any changes in the version of the app I have on my device yet, so it is likely that the changes will be available to all users at a later point.

How has your experience been with Google Duo? Let us know in the comments below.

News Source: Android Police

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