[Update 6: Groups of 32 on Android] Group video calling in Google Duo goes live globally

[Update 6: Groups of 32 on Android] Group video calling in Google Duo goes live globally

Update 5 (7/7/20 @ 9:25 AM ET): Google Duo on Android now supports group calls up to 32 as well.

Update 5 (6/16/20 @ 12:05 PM ET): Google Duo group calls on the web can now have up to 32 participants.

Update 4 (3/27/20 @ 3:30 PM ET): Google Duo now supports group video calls with up to 12 participants.

Update 3 (5/23/19 @ 3:50 PM ET): Google Duo group video calling with up to 8 people is now rolling out globally, plus some new features.

Update 2 (5/21/19 @ 9:00 AM ET): Group size limit increased to 8 people.

Update 1 (5/8/19 @ 1:20 PM ET): Group video calling in Google Duo is now rolling out in the US, Canada, and India.


Google was at the disadvantage of being late when it launched Allo and Duo to compete against the much older existing heavyweights. As a result, Google Allo, the online messaging service collapsed under the pressure of giants like WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and Telegram, but Google Duo has sustained the pressure for delivering video calling as its primary feature – an experience similar to Apple’s Facetime. To make up to its competitors, Duo has been added with additional features like audio calling, 30-second-long video messages, support for web browsers and tablets. Meanwhile, another new functionality making its way to the app is Group video calling, which was spotted late last year and is now live in select regions.

Google Indonesia tweeted out the good news that Duo will now support group video calling in the preparation of the upcoming month of Ramadan but we’re yet to come across any report of the new feature being available in any other country. For now, Duo allows a maximum of four participants just like WhatsApp, which is decent for a start, if not as good as Facebook Messenger or Facetime.

From the teaser shared by Google, it looks like users can only add members before the call and not during it. There’s a dedicated button for ending calls and another for creating new groups, but we’re not sure if creating a new group will cut the existing call or just put it on hold – even though former is more likely.

We’ll be obliged to inform you once we spot the Duo’s group video calling in other regions of the world. Earlier previews of the features suggested the upcoming functionality will allow users to group to seven people and even save these groups. Meanwhile, we can also expect audio-based conference calling will also be supported but similar functionality via Google Home devices might take a little longer.

Update 1: Rolling out in US, Canada, and India

Google Duo group calling was originally only available in Indonesia. The rollout has been very slow, but we’re finally getting it in more countries. It’s now available in the US, Canada, and India. Simply swipe down to create a group, which can be up to 3 other people. The number of people that can be in a group call should be increasing soon.

Source: 9to5Google

Update 2: Limit increased to 8 people per group

Confirming the above-mentioned leak by Android Police, the limit for group calling is now being increased to eight from four previously. This means that users will now be able to add up to seven others in a group audio or video call. The update was shared by Justin Uberti, Google engineer and the lead for Google Duo.

We can confirm that the feature is now available to users in India. Meanwhile, we also expect Google to roll the feature in currently left out regions, soon.

Update 3: Rolling out globally + New Features

It only took a couple of days for Google to finish rolling out 8-member group calling to the rest of the world. They’ve also announced a few new features as well. Data Saving mode is available in Indonesia, India, and Brazil. It works with WiFi and mobile networks and it will also save data the person you’re calling. Video messages now have customization options that include text, emojis, and drawing. These features will be rolling out in the next few days.

Source: Google

Update 4: Group Size Increased to 12

After expanding group calling to 8 people last May, Google is now bumping the Duo video call limit to 12 people. Video calling is very important right now as a large portion of the population is working from home. This change is effective starting today, as announced by Sanaz Ahari, Sr. Director of Product & Design at Google.

Google Duo
Developer: Google LLC
Price: Free

Update 5: Groups of 32 on Web

Google Duo group video calls were added to the web version back in May with an initial limit of 12 people. Today, group calls on the web can now have up to 32 participants. This is rolling out to the latest version for Chrome. In addition, you can install Duo as a progressive web app (PWA) by clicking “Install” in the top right of the address bar. This brings Duo up to speed with many other popular video calling apps.

Update 6: Groups of 32 on Android

Google Duo on the web added support for groups of 32 last month and now the Android app is following suit. Once the new group size has rolled out, you’ll get a pop-up upon opening the app that announces the feature. Group calls with 32 people work exactly the same as smaller groups. The change seems to be rolling out via server-side switch, so hang tight and be patient.

Google Duo
Developer: Google LLC
Price: Free

Via: Android Police

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Tushar Mehta
Tushar Mehta

I am a Senior Editor at XDA. I have been reviewing gadgets for over five years and gained experience by working for prominent tech publications in India before joining XDA. I enjoy fiddling with all smart objects and my love for software customization dates back to the Symbian S60 days. I like to devote my spare time idealizing the romantic union of technology and philosophy or spacing out on Pink Floyd. You may email me at [email protected]

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