Google Duo Adding Group Calls On The Web With Link Invites and Family Mode


Video calls have gained great exposure during the ongoing pandemic where people are doing video calls to connect with their loved ones. Looking forward to this, tech giants are improving thier Video calling services with new features and updates. In the same move, Google announced a handful of new Duo features last month to support that demand. Google Duo is soon adding group calling on the web and link sharing, as well as a family mode.

In March this year, Google expanded the group size in Duo from 8 to 12, with plans to increase the limit even further to 32 callers in the “coming weeks.” And today, the tech giant has previewed the new layout that will let you see more people at the same time. There are a six-person square grid and a carousel of faces underneath that you can scroll through.

The company today announced that Duo on the web will soon support group calls after being limited to Android and iOS. This will start as a preview on Chrome.


In addition to that, Google is making it easier for you to add participants on a group video call with invite links. In this way, instead of choosing each and every participant on your group video chat, you’ll be able to invite anyone with a Google Account via a link to the group conversation.

Apart from this, Google is also adding a new “family mode.” It will include some cool functionalities including doodling that everyone on the feed can see, as well as effects and masks, which will also be available for one-to-one conversations.

You can switch between a normal video call of Family video call by opening the menu and tapping “Family.”  One smart implementation detail sees Google hide the mute and end call buttons in this mode to prevent premature disconnects.

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