Google Testing Payments Feature on its Android Contacts App

Mindy Sparks
March 12, 2018

With video messages on Google Duo, users can now capture and share important moments, even when the receiver can't take the call.

The company informs that the shared video messages will automatically disappear within a day after it's seen. Google says that like all calls made on Duo, video messages are also secure and end-to-end encrypted. Also, users can save their favorite videos locally to their phone.

After tapping the "Send" button, you choose how much you'd like to send off, choose "Send Money", and you're done. However, the "Request Money" option is yet to be seen by the users. You can preview your message before sending it or just tap send and you are done.

To play a video message received from another user, the receiver may tap their chat icon. If you are from India, you are out of luck as Google Pay isn't available in the country. All downloaded messages will be saved to your device.

Last December, we brought you a report that Google Duo will start alerting you during video calls when your battery hits a low percentage. That's because calls in Google Duo might not always be planned.

Starting today, Duo users can send a video message to their friend or family member, who will receive it in the app. According to 9to5google, the alert will advise users to switch to voice mode from video in order to extend the battery life of their device.

Well, this feature has been spotted in Canada, but chances are it must have been rolled out to users in the U.S. as well as in other countries where Google Pay is available. It's just a change of name really, and the feature still offers the same function as before. The company past year launched Google Tez mobile payments app in India, and last month, just ahead of MWC, it started replacing Android Pay with Google Pay.

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