Google Duo made its debut in 2016, and since then it has become one of the most popular video calling applications. Screen sharing is their very recent addition to features. With this feature, one would be able to share the display screen of their phones, while they are on a call. This particularly helps when the caller wants to share the screen details with the other person in the call.
Screen sharing software entirely functions on a graphical terminal emulator. The second user can easily get to see what the first user is sharing on her/his screen. One can find this helpful for online training. Trainers must share their screen details to demonstrate a process, for the sake of training. In our fast-paced lives, it is important to utilize screen sharing software, since face-to-face meetings are not possible always.
Concerning the new technologies that help in supporting various facets of business, screen sharing comes to a big help.
Google Duo has come up with their rendition of screen sharing software, that would benefit smartphone users. It has the easiest activation method, with just a click on the new icon above the camera switch, on the left, you can share your screen. Once the user taps on the icon, a warning message will show up reminding that the Duo would start capturing the contents of the screen. If you wish to continue, tap and your screen will start sharing, while a red border will indicate that the user can view everything of your screen.
Users get to see a red button, that is there to show pause or quit options. if the user chooses either one of it, Duo would stop sharing and get back to call.
Duo app, of version 34 runs the screen sharing. Users who have been using this app, has complained of certain bugs that still are present. Complaints like users unable to view the shared display screen, etc., need to rectify them immediately.
Users believe that the screen sharing feature of Google Duo would make it easier for them to offer basic tech support to their family and friends. Naturally, it becomes a problem for callers to explain the minute details of a process to the other caller, over phone. With screen sharing facility, troubleshooting becomes possible. Screenshots are one of the most hectic ways to carry out tech support. Sending them one after the other, may pose to be a troublesome affair. Also, typing every single instruction on some software platform, is time-consuming. Imagining that such problems can be tackled with screen sharing is no more a distant reality.
Since video calling or messaging, has become one of the most feasible options for everyone, Google Duo screen sharing amounts to a considerable level of acceptance. Google also keeps an option for those who can’t take the video call, a user can leave a thirty- second voice message. To receive the message, users need to just tap on the icon. They can immediately get back to the user, by tapping on the “call now” option. Saving favourite or important videos are also not that difficult.
To avail the service, both users must have Google Duo app installed in their phones. Messages are secured with end-to-end encryption. Since its inception in 2016, the app has been competing with Microsoft’s Skype, Apple’s Facetime and Facebook’s Messenger and WhatsApp. More than 100 million downloads have been recorded on Android phones, which makes it among the top few social networking apps out there!
By Raina Kushary (Senior Content Developer and Research Analyst @ Travarsa)