Google’s video chat app got new features this week. No, the other one. no, the other other.
In a blog post on Friday, Google announced some chic new features for Duo, one of its three video chat services. Let’s get this out of the way early on: Duo is mobile-friendly and more like FaceTime than Hangouts and Meet.
In this sense, the new functions make more sense. Google added the so-called “family mode”
It really gets superfluous here: Google will add Duo to web group video calls “in the coming weeks”. This means that all three Google video chat apps have this feature.
People can invite others to call by simply sending a URL, which is becoming standard in video apps like Zoom and Facebook’s Messenger Rooms. Google Duo allows 16 people to chat in a group video.
Google Hangouts remains the standard free video chat service for small groups. Google recently released a free version of its business-oriented Google Meet app to take on the ascending zoom. It can accommodate much larger groups (up to 100 callers) and has screen sharing features.