Google Duo Gets Group Video Calls Feature on the Web


INTRO: In a recent blog post from Google, it announced that its video calling app Google Duo will be getting group video calls, along with a couple of new features to help users stay connected during these tough times. It also brings a feature addition update released last month.

Google Duo New Layout Feature to View More Participants

The group video call feature will be initially limited as a preview for Google Chrome users. The software giant has added a new layout to let you view more participants at the same time. With this addition, you can easily invite anyone with a Google account to join the call using an invite link. The feature will be made available in the coming weeks.

Family Mode Will Let You Doodle while Video calls

There will be an addition of new family mode that lets participants doodle on video calls, along with various effects and masks they can apply to the calls or their faces. To access Family mode, all you have to do is start a video call, press the menu icon, and choose Family. It is worth to be noticed that you will not have to consider accidental mutes or hang-ups as the buttons will be automatically hidden while you’re in family mode.

Available on Both Android & Ios

Google says that the masks and effects will be available in one-on-one video calls on Android and iOS as well, starting this week with a Mother’s Day effect that transforms you into a flower. More effects and masks are on their way.

In the update which came by last month, Google had added support for AV1 codec,  which is the ability to capture special moments in a photo, and the option to send and save personalized messages, and it has increased group calling limits also.

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