Google Duo launches web video chats for up to 32 people

Google’s web-based chat app aims at FaceTime with expanded calls

The video conferencing wars continue to ramp up, with competing tech companies taking turns upgrading their video-calling technology.

Now stepping up to the plate is Google Duo, the video-chat app that’s Google’s answer to FaceTime. Just a few months ago, only eight people could hop on a call at a time. In March, Google raised it to 12. And now, the maximum number of callers in the same video chat jumps to 32, a company official confirmed on Twitter.

“Today one of our most requested features for Duo — group calling on the web with up to 32 people — is starting to roll out on the latest version of Chrome,” announced Sanaz Ahari Lemelson, a senior director of product and design at Google.

Spurred by the coronavirus pandemic, competitors in the videoconferencing and video-calling industry are racing to improve their products. 

Zoom has seen massive growth recently, prompting Microsoft Teams to upgrade its videoconferencing technology. Soon, the number of on-screen participants you can see on a Teams meeting will grow to 49, matching Zoom. 

As for Google Duo, its upgrade gives the video-chat app the same capacity as FaceTime, which allows up to 32 people on the same video call. That’s still lower than Skype’s 50-person calls, but it’s higher than WhatsApp’s eight-caller limit.

Google also has the videoconferencing platform Google Meet, which just recently became available on Android and iOS devices

Google launched Duo in 2016, allowing users to make and receive video calls over Wi-Fi and data. For a few years, group calls on Duo were limited to Android and iOs users, but it’s since come over to the Chrome desktop browser.

To kickoff a group video call on the web version of Duo, go to duo.google.com. You should see your contacts there. If you click on a “Create Group” button on the left, you should get a shareable link. Click on “Add People” to search for up to 31 contacts to add to the call.

Featured Resources

The complete guide to changing your phone system provider

Optimise your phone system for better business results

Download now

Simplify cluster security at scale

Centralised secrets management across hybrid, multi-cloud environments

Download now

The endpoint as a key element of your security infrastructure

Threats to endpoints in a world of remote working

Download now

2021 state of IT asset management report

The role of IT asset management for maximising technology investments

Download now

Most Popular

Microsoft CEO warns of video call fatigue
video conferencing

Microsoft CEO warns of video call fatigue

7 Oct 2020
Raspberry Pi Compute Module 4 launches with PCIe support
Hardware

Raspberry Pi Compute Module 4 launches with PCIe support

19 Oct 2020
Google blocked record-breaking 2.5Tbps DDoS attack in 2017
Security

Google blocked record-breaking 2.5Tbps DDoS attack in 2017

19 Oct 2020