Google Duo now lets you message photos directly to contacts

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June 23, 2019 - Abner Li of 9to5google writes: For the past several releases, we’ve been tracking an expansion of Duo’s video/voice messaging capability to include images. With Google Duo 56, it is now partially live and allows you to send Snapchat-like single photos to your contacts.

Released on Thursday, version 56 of Google Duo adds the application to Android’s system share sheet, including in Google Photos and Files. This allows users to message any saved photo on their device via Duo.

Once in the app, you have access to the same tools as when sending a video message. This include drawing and adding text with multiple colors and sizes available. An image can then be simultaneously sent to multiple Duo contacts.

Interestingly, Duo does not appear in the share sheet for video in our initial testing. While Duo 56 is required to message photos, the ability to receive is already live in version 55. More...