Google Duo, the built-in Android video chat application, is receiving support for video calls from eight people. That compares with 32 for FaceTime, four for WhatsApp, 50 for Skype and 50 for Facebook Messenger (although only six videos will be shown at the same time in the Facebook service). The new feature is available in the iOS and Android versions of the application.
Although Duo is also the default video chat service for Google smart screens, VentureBeat reports that its group calling functionality is mobile-only at launch. That also means that there are no group calls through the Duo web client, which was launched earlier this year. If you need to make a video call through a browser and must do so using the Google video call service, Hangouts focused on the company's company are a better option at the moment, although there are reports that may be only available. Business users from next year.
Along with his group calls, Duo is also getting a new data saving mode in countries like Indonesia, India and Brazil. The service has become particularly popular in India, a market that Google has targeted to local ads, and where it even offers cash rewards to encourage people to register. Video messages, which you can leave for people when they can not answer a video call, can now also be drawn or customized with text and emojis.