Now up to eight people can be added at the same time on group video calling on Duo. Group calling is now available globally on both iOS and Android, and like all Google Duo calls and video messages, group calls are also encrypted end-to-end, thus your conversations stay private.
The company is now also allowing to turn on data saving mode in Settings, you can limit data usage on mobile networks and Wi-Fi on Android. If you turn on Data Saving mode, both you and the person you’re calling will save on data usage in video calls. Google will roll out data saving mode to more markets in the coming months.
Users can also personalise video messages by adding text and emojis, or even drawing on your message using brushes. The feature is rolled out globally for users on Android and iOS.
In December of 2018, Google announced that Duo has crossed one billion downloads on the Google Play Store. The app lets users make video calls in high definition and is optimised for low-bandwidth networks too. The app automatically switches between Wi-Fi and cellular networks.