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Google Duo Expands Its Group Video Calls To 12 People

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Google Duo Expands Its Group Video Calls To 12 People

Due to the pandemic, video conferencing has become part of our culture. Work teams have adopted the use of software that helps them communicate as part of their daily routines. Especially in these times, many people use Google Duo, Google’s video calling application, daily. In fact, more than 1.7 million people join Duo every day. For that reason, Google introduces new features to “help you feel close, even when you’re away.”

More People on Video Calls

Google has expanded the capacity of the video calls of its Duo application so that 12 people can participate simultaneously and have, also this Tuesday, the possibility of taking screenshots during one.

Confinement and social distance measures have made people spend more time on messaging apps and video calls to keep in touch with friends and family. In the case of Google Duo, the company has detected that call minutes have increased tenfold in recent weeks due to the coronavirus pandemic, and there have been eight times more group video calls.

Previously, Google Duo supported only 8 people on group video calls. As of this Tuesday, four more people can join. It means that you can have up to 12 people at once.

This expansion is available on both Android and iOS. However, the company has assured in a statement that in the coming weeks, they will increase the capacity further.

Regarding messages, the company has noted a 180 percent increase in messages sent in recent weeks, with an 800 percent increase in regions particularly affected by social distancing.

Google has also reported that “soon” will automatically save messages instead of expiring 24 hours after being viewed or sent. In this way, it will give the possibility of keeping those essential messages for the user.

More quality and reliability

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A few weeks ago we learned that Google Duo improved the audio quality of calls. Thanks to a new artificial intelligence model, it avoids possible interruptions. Well, starting next week, they will implement the new AV1 codec (AOMedia Video 1) to offer more quality in video calls with less data, which will make them work much better on low-bandwidth connections.

Take Pictures on Video Calls

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During a video call we can now take a quick photo to immortalize that moment. You will create a collage and automatically share the photo with all participants. This novelty begins to arrive from today.

New augmented reality effects

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Finally, Google Duo adds new augmented reality effects to add to our video messages that have now increased by up to 800% due to confinement. In addition, we will soon be able to tell the application to automatically save all messages so that they do not expire after 24 hours.

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