The built-in video chat app for Android, Google Duo, has been well received. Quite a lot of people rely on the app to stay in touch with friends and family. They will be delighted to hear that Google has increased the number of people that can be on a call simultaneously. Google Duo now has support for video calls with up to eight people.
While users will appreciate the increased number of people that can now be on a video call in Duo, it still leaves a lot to be desired when compared against the likes of Skype, FaceTime, and Facebook Messenger. There can be up to 32 people in a video call on FaceTime and up to 50 in both Skype and Messenger. Only WhatsApp lags behind with four users on a video call.
There’s another drawback here. The group calling feature is limited to Duo on mobile devices. So even though a Duo web client was launched earlier this year, it can be used for videos calls with up to eight people.
In addition to group calls, Duo has also received a new data saving mode in emerging markets like India and Brazil. This should be helpful for users who have access to a limited amount of mobile data each month.