Google Duo now lets you make group video calls on the web, just like Google Meet

Google Meet? Hangouts? Duo? Yeah, the final one.

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By Alex Perry2020-05-08 20:03:59 UTC

Google’s video chat app received new options this week. No, the opposite one. No, the opposite different one.
In a Friday weblog publish, Google introduced some snazzy new options for Duo, certainly one of its three video chat providers. Let’s get this out of the way in which early: Duo is the one which’s mobile-friendly and resembles FaceTime greater than Hangouts and Meet.

The brand new options make extra sense with that in thoughts. Google added one thing referred to as “Household Mode” to Duo, in which you’ll draw foolish little doodles on the video feed, presumably to amuse the little ones on the decision. There are additionally AR results you should utilize on one-on-one calls on Android and iOS, much like these obtainable on Fb’s video calls.

Here is the place issues actually get redundant: Google is including internet group video calls to Duo “within the coming weeks.” Which means all three of Google’s video chat apps could have that characteristic. 
People will be capable of invite others to the decision by simply sending a URL, which is turning into normal in video apps resembling Zoom and Fb’s Messenger Rooms. Google Duo permits 16 individuals in a gaggle video chat. 
Google Hangouts continues to be round because the default free video chat service for small teams of individuals. Not too long ago, Google launched a free model of its business-focused Google Meet app as a option to tackle the ascendant Zoom. It accommodates a lot bigger teams (as many as 100 callers) and has screen-sharing options.