Like all video chat apps, Google Duo is present process huge modifications to compete throughout social distancing. Final month, the service boosted its group chat restrict to 12 folks. Now, Google is increasing Duo group chats to the net, including hyperlink invitations to its platform, and implementing a brand new Household Mode for its cellular utility.
Google Duo’s web-based utility remains to be in its early phases. It’s suitable with the Duo cellular app, however it solely works with two-person chats. In response to Google, the Duo net app will acquire group chat help within the coming weeks, with early entry for Chrome customers.
Together with expanded net help, Google is including hyperlink invitations to the Duo platform. Hyperlink invitations, which you’ll copy-paste into textual content messages or group chats, spare you from selecting folks out of your contacts listing earlier than a name. It additionally provides you the choice to shortly invite mates to a bunch chat throughout calls. For reference, Google Meet (one other Google video chat app) already helps hyperlink invitations and is presently free for all customers.
After which there’s the brand new Household Mode. Like Apple’s FaceTime utility, Google Duo’s Household Mode permits you to draw on-screen and apply fancy results and AR masks to your video feed. It’s solely obtainable for one-on-one calls however ought to assist households have participating experiences whereas social distancing. Your “mute” and “finish name” buttons disappear when Household Mode is enabled, which ought to prevent from unintentionally hanging up on Grandma.
Video results and AR masks may even work on common one-on-one Duo calls, beginning with a terrifying Mom’s Day AR masks. However that’s one of the best Mom’s Day reward, proper? Transmutation right into a flower?