Google Duo rolls out group calling to select regions

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  • Friday, 26 Apr 2019

Group calling is rolling out to Google Duo. — AFP Relaxnews

On April 23, Google Indonesia announced via Twitter that Duo, Google's answer to FaceTime and Skype, has begun rolling out across the country, supporting group video calls with up to four people. Just a couple of minutes later, Google Duo's founder and tech lead confirmed that group calling is officially available in "select regions".

Back in December, sources reported that Google is developing a group calling feature for Duo. Just a few months later on April 23, Google Indonesia confirmed that group calling up to four people is available in the country. Later that day, Duo founder and tech lead Justin Uberti confirmed that the functionality is rolling out in "select regions".

While four people isn't nearly as impressive as Skype's recently launched 50-person video calling, or even Apple's FaceTime, which can support 32 people on a single video-call, it's certainly a start, especially if Google wants to remain an industry leader.

The video published by Google Indonesia demonstrating how to add multiple people to a video call shows that a "create group" button has been added to the application. When you tap it, your top contacts will appear as the first options to add to the group, followed by the rest of your phonebook. You can also save these groups for easy access later.

Though Duo's four-person group calling is only available in a few regions now, it's likely that the rest of the world will start gaining access over the next couple of months. – AFP Relaxnews
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