After achieving significant success in the market, Google Duo is now introducing group video calls and data saving mode for Android users in India. This feature will also be available on iOS soon. With this feature, users can have up to eight people on call at one particular time. Now, this is still lower than FaceTime’s 32 and Skype’s 50 users, but then this is progress in the right direction.
“India is already the largest market for Duo globally, and we’re committed to building for India, helping people have a seamless and delightful experience connecting with their loved ones face to face. As a part of that commitment, we are happy to announce two new features on Duo today: Group Calling and Data Saving Mode,” Shweta Vaidya, Product Manager, Google Duo said.
As per the company, this data saving mode will allow users to reduce data usage by up to 50 per cent. There will be select regions where users will be able to limit their data usage on mobile networks and WiFi on Android. These regions include Indonesia, India, and Brazil.
Also, it needs to be mentioned that all Duo calls, video messages, and all group calls on the platform are encrypted end-to-end so users’ conversations stay private, as per the company.
Now it will be interesting checking the Google Duo on your device to see if the call limit has actually increased. This update is likely to be on the server-side, which explains the lack of need for a Google Play Store update.