Like all video chat apps, Google Duo is undergoing massive changes to compete during social distance. Last month, the service raised the limit for group chats to twelve people. Now Google Duo is expanding group chats to the internet, adding link invitations to its platform and implementing a new family mode for its mobile application.
The web-based application of Google Duo is still in the initial phase. It's compatible with the Duo mobile app, but it only works with two-person chats. According to Google, the Duo web app will receive group chat support in the coming weeks, with early access for Chrome users.
In addition to extensive web support, Google adds link invitations to the Duo platform. Link invitations, which you can copy and paste into text messages or group chats, so you don't have to remove people from your contact list before making a call. It also gives you the ability to quickly invite friends to a group chat during conversations. For reference, Google Meet (another video chat app from Google) already supports link invitations and is currently free for all users.
And then there is the new family mode. Just like Apple & # 39; s FaceTime application, Google Duo's Family mode allows you to draw on the screen and apply beautiful effects and AR masks to your video feed. It is only available for one-to-one calls, but should help families have engaging experiences while socializing away. The buttons for & # 39; mute & # 39; and & # 39; end a call & # 39; disappear when family mode is on, which should prevent you from accidentally hanging up with grandma.
Video effects and AR masks also work in normal one-to-one Duo conversations, starting with a terrifying Mother's Day AR mask. But isn't that the best Mother's Day gift? Transmutation in a flower?