Back in March, Google increased the group video call limit on Duo from eight to 12 participants at a time in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Now the Internet search giant has announced that it will let Duo users make group calls on the web, starting as a preview on Chrome.
The support for group calls on Chrome will roll-out in the coming weeks along with a new layout that will let you see more people at the same time. Besides, inviting people to join a group call will also become easier with an invite link.
Additionally, Google announced a new Family Mode, that lets you doodle on screen in real-time while also applying masks and effects on yourself. It will also hide the mute and end call buttons from the screen to avoid accidental touches during a video call, but you'll have to sign into Duo with your Google account to be able to use the Family Mode.
The masks and effects that are a part of the Family Mode will be available for one-on-one and group video calls for both Android and iOS users. They will roll-out starting this week with a Mother's Day effect.
Right on point
who cares? google will just shut this down in a couple of years anyway