Google has updated its popular Duo chat app by increasing the group video user limit from 8 to 12 people into a single group call to help more people stay connected and practice social distancing. The new 12-person limit compares to eight for house party, 32 for Apple’s FaceTime, 50 for Skype and Messenger, and 100 for Zoom’s free tier. Also Read - Google removes Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL from its official website
“We are grateful that Duo is helping users see their loved ones all around the world. We recognize group calling is particularly critical right now. We have increased group calling from 8 participants to 12 effective today. More to come,” Google‘s senior director of product management Sanaz Ahari Lemelson tweeted on Friday. Also Read - Google begins rolling out new account switching interface on Play Store for select devices
She also hinted at more changes that would come soon, without getting into the details. The change is already effective but currently it unclear whether it will be reverted once everything goes back to normal or whether it’s here to stay. Last year, Google added group calling to Duo with an eight-party limit. Additionally, Google also recently increased the maximum number of participants to 250 for G Suite and G Suite for Education subscribers. Also Read - Google Pixel 5 का रेंडर आया सामने, बदल जाएगा सब कुछ
Recently, the company added another useful feature to its video calling service Google Duo. It allowed users to send notes and doodles to their contacts. There have been reports doing the rounds that Google might also kill Duo soon. However, these new features being added to the service indicate that these reports are exaggerated. The search giant has also been adding new features.
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The key thing being that Google has improved the app in a big way. It has also removed the requirement of a phone number, which limited its reach initially. You can send a note to somebody on Google Duo by tapping on your contact and then clicking on the “Message” button at the bottom right corner.
Written with inputs from IANS