Google Duo Now Supports 32 Participants for Group Video Calls on the Web

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INTRO: After bringing group video calls on the web last month, Google Duo now supports a total of 32 participants. The update comes at a time when people have embraced group video calls due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Google Duo Can Now Add Upto 32 Participants 

According to Google’s communications suite lead Sanaz Ahari Lemelson, the new feature of google duo which can add up to 32 participants in a single call is rolling out on the latest version of Google Chrome. Google will also extend the group video calling limit on its Android and iOS versions of Duo. Sanaz mentions that the company will add support over the next couple of weeks.

To use group video calls feature, log in to Google Duo with your Google account, and tap on the “Create Group” button. You can then share the link to invite your friends and family.

Google Duo’s group video calling feature was initially limited to its mobile apps with just 8 participants. However, the company increased the limit to 12 people in March to help people stay connected, and with this expansion, Google will finally catch up with Apple’s Group FaceTime that has offered group video calls with 32 participants since 2018.

The implementation uses the new WebRTC API and Google promises that your calls will be end-to-end encrypted. Google Duo has offered end-to-end encryption ever since it got launched but the company recently added a ‘Call is secured using end-to-end encryption’ text on the call screen to increase awareness.

Alongside this announcement, Google has also added a Progressive Web App (PWA) for Google Duo. You can now install Duo as an app if you click on the Install button that appears on the address bar.

 

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