What you need to know
- Dup can now group call on the web with up to 32 people.
- The update is available on the newest version of Chrome.
- The new feature is powered by WebRTC API updates, keeping calls secure.
Despite all the noise around Google Meet, you're still more likely to be using the more consumer-oriented Google Duo for social group video calls. Google has rolled out a new update to the web app, lighting up a much-requested feature -- group video calling. More than that, Google has upped the limit from what users on mobile were used to. Duo users are now able to make group calls with as many as 32 people.
Duo is making use of the tiled interface popularized by Zoom, allowing users to see any and all callers simultaneously.
1/Today one of our most requested features for Duo, group calling on the web with up to 32 people, is starting to roll out on the latest version of Chrome. pic.twitter.com/hjnL96iVcz1/Today one of our most requested features for Duo, group calling on the web with up to 32 people, is starting to roll out on the latest version of Chrome. pic.twitter.com/hjnL96iVcz— Sanaz (@sanazahari) June 16, 2020June 16, 2020
The new feature is contingent on the Chrome 83 update, which rolled out a few weeks ago so you'll need to have at least that version of Chrome. On Android and iOS, you can still use Duo group calls, you'll just only be able to see up to 12 users on that much smaller canvas.
Wonder when it will come to edge
I have the latest version of Chrome. But I'm not seeing an option to call a group, just individuals. Same as before. I hope this rolls out to everyone soon. My Dad has a smartphone and can use DUO, it is hard for my Mom because her vision is not too good. A laptop screen would be much better for her for group chats with multiple family members.
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