After adding a number of new features recently, Google Duo is now expanding with family mode, masks and effects, and group calls on Duo on the web.
Last month, Google announced the addition of several new features on Duo, making it easier for families to stay connected. Now, it’s expanding features with a new family mode, masks and effects on one-on-one video calls, and the addition of group calls to Duo on the web.
Let’s take a quick look at the features.
Group Calls on Duo for Web
In a bid to help people come together in more ways, in the next few weeks, Google is bringing the ability to make group calls with Duo on the web. The new feature will start as a preview on Chrome, “alongside a new layout” that lets users “see more people at the same time.”
Users will be able to invite anyone with a Google account to join group calls with just a link.
In addition to the above, after increasing the number of group call members from 8 to 12, Google is reportedly working on increasing the number again – this time to 32.
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Duo Family Mode
Duo’s new family mode lets users doodle on video calls, but also to add fun effects and masks that transform them into anything from astronauts to cats. The fun new mode is ideal for situations where family members of all ages are on a call together.
An added bonus is that some buttons are hidden by default, thus the possibility of accidental mutes or hang-ups is minimized. To begin, just start a video call, tap on the menu icon, and then tap Family.
Family mode is available when users are signed into Duo with their Google account and calls are end-to-end encrypted.
Duo Masks & Effects
Masks and effects have been added to family mode, but they are also available on one-on-one video calls on both Android and iOS. Over time, Duo will be rolling our new effects and masks that will allow users to express themselves more.
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