The screen sharing feature for the Google Duo has been impending for quite some time. Last year, we had come across a teardown that revealed the screen sharing feature to be in development. Now, finally, the screen sharing feature has been incorporated in the Google Duo v34.
If you ask me, screen sharing feature is pretty important. I have used it to troubleshoot my parent’s smartphones remotely. In fact, the screen sharing feature should be available as a native feature on any Android device. Thankfully, with the rollout of v34, one can share their screen with family and friends. However, the folks on AndroidPolice tested out the build on different phones running various Android builds and didn’t come out impressed.
The screen sharing feature seems to be working albeit for some major bugs. For instance, the screen sharing cast would suddenly freeze and sometimes the app itself would crash. Similar instances have been reported by Engadget. We hope that Google attends to these bugs and fixes the same on the upcoming builds.
Google Duo has had its fair share of half-baked features with the first one being the hidden email address feature. Earlier this year Google introduced account linking and claimed that users will be able to contact each other without knowing the email addresses. Even this doesn’t seem to be working yet.
Duo started out as Google’s Answer to the Apple’s Facetime. The premise of this app was a simplistic approach for video calling with added features like a video preview and an answering machine that allowed users to leave a video message. The updates to the Duo app have been slow and the Google Allo-Duo integration is sometimes confusing. In a nutshell, the Duo app has not exactly been a runaway success but Google is not giving up on it just yet