Duo is getting an update today, bringing the version number up to 42. Upon install, there aren't any visible changes, but a quick teardown points to a potentially great enhancement. Just in time for the holidays, users may get to send video messages to multiple recipients, thus saving the time it would take to record a message to each and every person individually.
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Message to multiple recipients
Back in March, Duo added video messaging so users could avoid live conversations while still sending a video. Now there are signs that you may soon be able to send those messages to multiple contacts at once.
The new strings show a combination of selecting and sending messages to a single contact or multiples. You will be able to scroll through your contact list and tap on each person to add them as a recipient. I'm not entirely sure if this will come before or after recording your message, but I suspect it comes first.
<string name="sending_message_toast_single">Sending to %s</string>
<string name="sending_message_toast_multiple">Sending to %1$d : %2$s</string><plurals name="clip_contact_picker_title">
<item>Choose 1 friend</item>
<item>Choose %d friends</item>
You might be wondering why something like this is useful, and I'll just remind you that a bunch of holidays and events are coming up for many nations, so sending a video greeting to your friends and family will be pretty common. If Duo rolls out this functionality before then, you may not have to rely on sending poor-quality videos with MMS.
In fact — and I'm not quite sure if this works — you might even be able to send video messages to most of your contact list without relying on them using Duo thanks to built-in support provided by Google Play services that allows users to call people even when they don't already have Duo installed.
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