Video calling is going to get more interesting now with Google Duo; a group calling is now being made available to Google Duo users but with a very big catch. The feature will allow double the amount of participants in a video call.
Google Duo lets you make group video calls with up to 8 people, which is well considerably lower than Skype’s 50, and FaceTime’s 32. The Duo is mostly meant for family friends and encrypts all conversations that go through it, be it video messages or even this new group calling feature. The feature is available globally on Android and iOS.
Initially, the number of people who could engage in a video call at one go was just four. Now, with the upgraded version of Google Duo, one can video chat with a minimum of eight people all at the same time.
Also, rolling out today is a data saving mode. When enabled, Duo will limit data usage on both cellular networks and Wi-Fi. This feature is now available in countries like Indonesia, India, and Brazil, and it’ll expand to more markets in the coming months.
Google Duo is also letting users personalize video messages by adding text and drawing over their videos, kind of like something very similar to Snapchat. The feature is now available on Android with iOS availability expected to arrive soon.