According to a report from Android Police, Google’s video chatting app, Google Duo, is testing out a group call capability. Rumors about the feature have circulated for a while, and this time, Android Police was able to confirm actual development of the technology.
Released in 2016, the app acts as Android’s counterpart to Apple’s Facetime — allowing users to have video chats on their mobile devices. Duo came in to simplify video calls previously conducted in Google Hangouts. The Google Duo app is a platform dedicated to video calls, but currently only allows for calls between two users.
Screenshots from the report indicated that group video calls were being tested in the Duo app. However only seven people can connect at a time, compared to Apple’s Facetime which allows for up to 32 users to video call at once.
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The screenshots detail the ability to create a group video chat, name the group, and save the group in your contact list for easy access. Android Police’s anonymous source was able to test the group call feature personally.
As the feature provides an option for seeing your call party, rather than just hearing them, it could prove useful for travelling employees needing to call in to a meeting.