When Google announced Duo and Allo a few years ago, the differences between both apps is that one app was designed to be a messaging app (Allo), while the other was meant to be a video calling app (Duo). Google has since shut Allo down but it seems that the company could be slowly incorporating some messaging features into Duo.
This is according to a report from 9to5Google in which they have discovered that in an upcoming update to the app, users will soon be able to send photos to each other. However, it won’t be the same as regular messaging apps. Instead, based on their findings, it appears that the photo sending feature for Duo will be similar to Snapchat, where users can send individual messages that can only be viewed for the next 24 hours.
Typically, messaging apps already allow users to send and receive photos but since Duo is pretty much focused on video calls, it’s not surprising that this was not a feature. However, as we said, Google has since shut Allo down and with Hangouts seemingly more focused towards enterprise users, we suppose it makes sense that Google will want to bring some messaging-like features to Duo.
However, we should mention that there is a catch. The photos sent cannot be sent directly in Duo. Instead, users will only be able to send photos via the share feature inside of Google Photos and Files. It does seem like an odd way to send photos, but the option is there if you want to take advantage of it.