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Google Duo picture-in-picture mode is now live on Oreo devices

Picture-in-picture mode in Google Duo
Picture-in-picture mode in Google Duo (Image credit: Android Central)

Oreo introduced picture-in-picture mode for phones and tablets, and Google is now flipping the switch for Duo. The feature is now available on all Oreo devices, as noted by Duo's technical lead Justin Uberti.

You don't need to make any changes to enable picture-in-picture mode. As long as you're using a device running Oreo and have the latest update installed (opens in new tab), you should be able to use the feature.

With picture-in-picture mode, you get a miniature version of the picture window in one corner of the screen when you hit the home button in the middle of a call. You can move the position of the picture window to any corner of the screen, and the video orientation will change automatically based on whether the phone is in landscape or portrait mode.

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Harish Jonnalagadda
Senior Editor - Asia

Harish Jonnalagadda is a Senior Editor overseeing Asia at Android Central. He leads the site's coverage of Chinese phone brands, contributing to reviews, features, and buying guides. He also writes about storage servers, audio products, and the semiconductor industry. Contact him on Twitter at @chunkynerd.

  • What's nice about this feature is that it no longer pauses video (audio only) when you navigate away during a call.
  • Why would I need PIP when I am on a call. Give the caller your full attention. Besides his can you watch it with the phone to your ear.
  • perhaps you are giving them full attention as you look up a contact number they asked for... don't assume, think things through.
  • See the first post - the audio stops when in PIP, not exactly great for a video app, even worse for a video calling app. Besides you could achieve the same thing in Nougat using split screen. Must admit I have not tried it with Duo as I don't have a single contact who uses it, but I have not been able to get any of the apps that currently support it on my Nexus 5X to work Chrome, Maps and YouTube. I think you need YouTube Red for PIP which being I the UK I don't subscribe to.
  • "As long as you're using a device running Oreo"...yep that is 2% of us..:(
  • 2% already? Wow, that's impressive
  • I've been using this for several weeks now... Was this on slow rollout?