Google on Friday introduced two new features in its video calling app Duo - group video calling and a data saving mode.
It looks like the testing period is over for Google Duo's group calling feature as they are now rolling it out to all Android users. While the firm had struggled to bring consumers onboard its iMessage competitor, the firm's video chat app seems to be doing well, having recently hit a billion downloads.
When Apple announced its FaceTime group calling function, it nearly sounded absurd that it could support more than two dozen people In comparison, Google Duo's limits can sound pretty, well, limiting.
With this, users can have up to eight people on a call at a time.
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All Duo calls, video messages, and group calls on the platform are encrypted end-to-end so users' conversations stay private, the company added.
According to this new feature, the video calling facility in the Google Duo app now lets up to 8 users to take part in it. And from today, everyone will get to use this feature on their smartphone with Google Duo's updated version.
The new change comes just days after Google rolled out the data saving mode in its Duo service.
We should note that the update is also available in the form of APK which means that eager Android fans can manually download the update and avoid having to wait for the update to arrive via OTA (over the air) channels. This will allow you to limit data usage whether you're on your mobile network or on WiFi. But if you're sending one anyway, why not spruce it up with some text, emojis, or even scribbles. You can also opt for audio-only calls, record and send video messages, and the "Knock Knock" feature allows you to see a live preview of the person calling you before answering.