Google Duo, the built-in video chat app from Android, is Get support for video calls from eight people. That can be compared to 32 for FaceTime, four for WhatsApp, 50 for Skype and 50 for Facebook Messenger (although only six video feeds are shown in the Facebook service at the same time). The new feature is available in both the iOS and Android versions of the app.
Although Duo is also the standard video chat service for Google's smart screens, VentureBeat reports that the functionality for group conversations at the launch is exclusive to mobile. That also means that no group is calling via Duo & # 39; s web client, which was launched earlier this year. If you want to make a video call through a browser and you need to do so with a Google video calling service, business-focused Hangouts is now a better option, although there are reports that Hangouts may only be available to business users from next year.
In addition to the group calls, Duo also gets a new mode for storing data in Indonesia, India and Brazil, among others. The service has become especially popular in India, a market that Google has focused on local advertisements, and where it even offers cash rewards to encourage people to register their friends. Video messages that you can leave for people when they cannot take a video call can now also be viewed or modified with text and emoji & # 39; s.