After years in the making (and breaking), Google confirmed earlier this month (then deleted the tweet) that display sharing would quickly be obtainable to its Duo video calling service. The characteristic did not go stay instantly, however is now lastly making its technique to customers. The server-side change gods have deemed my husband’s OnePlus 7 Professional worthy of getting it, however my Pixel four XL with Android 11 is not cool sufficient (no, I am not bitter). However all you want is for it to be stay on one system to do the sharing, so we took it for a spin. Put together for infinite Ritas — you’ve got been warned.
Turning on display sharing is so simple as tapping the overflow button (three dots) on the backside proper of the Duo display mid name, then selecting Display screen share. Since it is a server-side replace, not everybody has it simply but. A pop-up will ask if you would like to show delicate information through the name, select Begin now and also you’re good to go. What’s in your display will likely be shared with the opposite particular person.
The result’s a humorous inception when you’re nonetheless in Duo, however you’ll be able to simply again out of the app and use your cellphone as ordinary. The PIP window would not get triggered, so you’ll be able to’t see the opposite particular person whereas sharing your display with them, however that is all for the higher, since you do not need that PIP to point out on their facet and thus confuse them additional. The one indications that you just’re on this mode are the crimson Chromecasting icon within the standing bar (just like once you’re recording or casting the display) and the Duo notification with the choices to finish the decision or simply cease the screenshare. If you happen to select the latter, a pop-up will ask if you would like to return to utilizing your entrance digicam. (Observe: this dialog could be a results of my husband utilizing a OnePlus 7 Professional with a pop-up digicam, which wanted the affirmation to spring up. Telephones with no pop-up cam won’t present it.)
On the recipient’s finish, the video will minimize off momentarily to a blue display whereas the sender’s display share is activated, however as soon as every little thing is working, you may see their display and may observe together with what they’re doing. The one distinction is your individual small video stream window remains to be seen to you on the highest proper. In fact this creates one other inception-like impact for the primary few seconds of the share.
And that is primarily the gist of it. In our expertise, it labored properly, although we had been on a sluggish connection. The standard needs to be higher if you happen to’re each on a good Wi-Fi or 4G connection.
Display screen sharing is an important a part of any video calling service, not simply for many who need to demo issues to different contributors, but in addition if you wish to present fast tech help to a buddy or member of the family. I have been wanting this characteristic for that objective alone, as a result of I am drained telling my mother and father “describe what you see” or “take a screenshot and ship it to me” whereas making an attempt to remotely assist with a problem on their cellphone. With this, I ought to be capable to clarify how they share the display and from then on, I can see every little thing and thus present fast and frustration-free help for everybody concerned.
Since that is nonetheless a server-side rollout, not everybody has the characteristic simply but. Each my husband and I are operating Duo v105.0.331 (APK Mirror), however he has it and I do not. To boost your odds, ensure you’re on this launch or a more recent one, and hold checking. We must always all have it quickly, hopefully.