Google Duo’s new low-light mode makes it easier to see faces in the dark

Today, Google announced a new low-light mode for its Duo video-chatting app.

From the name, you’d expect low-light mode to darken the UI elements when chatting with a friend. Instead, the mode detects the lighting conditions and automatically adjusts the picture to better illuminate your face. That’s a particularly useful feature for those in poor lighting conditions or who live in areas with constant power outages.

Google didn’t mention how capable some phones will be over others in terms of camera hardware. The company also didn’t mention how exactly low-light mode. However, Google mentioned the GIF above is a simulated view. It also said actual effects will depend on your device and environment.

Low-light mode will start rolling out globally to iOS and Android this week.

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