Google Duo brings the party home with up to 12 people group calling

 phonearena.com  03/27/2020 13:51:00 
Our home is our castle but lately it feels more like a detention center. Chances are youre either bored to death after watching everything available online (on a lower quality too) or youre trying to call or text every last person on your contact list. Now Google Duo will make staying home more fun with an update to its group calling feature. The company is increasing the limit in group calls from 8 to 12 persons, effective immediately. Users dont need to install or update anything. 

We are grateful that Duo is helping users see their loved ones all around the world. We recognize group calling is particularly critical right now. We have increased group calling from 8 participants to 12 effective today. More to come. #AllInThisTogether #COVID19

 Sanaz (@sanazahari) March 27, 2020
 Googles lead communications suite Sanaz Ahari Lemelson delivered the news on Twitter today. The new group call limit is aiming to improve morale and allow large groups of friends and relatives to connect while remaining home-bound. Current health situation in the US is changing rapidly and the country now tops the statistics of registered coronavirus cases worldwide. Social isolation is the best and most effective measure, according to the experts, and staying home is a big part of it.

In times like these, social networks and communication services like Duo, FaceTime, Skype, and Messenger can play a significant role in keeping people connected. Google Duo users are still fairly limited, as other services allow group communication of much larger proportions. Skype can initiate group video calls with up to 50 participants, while Googles own Meets by Hangout raise the bar to 100, although they have to be G-Suite users. Nevertheless, the more, the merrier - at least online. Otherwise, stay home and stay safe.

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