Google Duo, one of Google’s video calling products, originally had a limit of two participants (you and the person you called). Over time, the company worked to improve service, which included introducing a new limit of eight callers. Now, when we need group video calls more than ever, Google says it has raised that limit to twelve.
Senior Director of Products and Design at Google announced the change via Twitter, and its wording suggests that the new limit is already in place (although we haven’t tested it yet). She also hinted that more changes are coming, but what that could mean is unclear. We also don’t know if the limit will go back to eight callers when we can all leave the house.
We are grateful to Duo for helping users see their loved ones around the world. We recognize that group calls are particularly important at this time. We have increased the number of group calls from 8 participants to 12 as of today. More soon. #AllInThisTogether # COVID19
– Sanaz (@sanazahari) March 27, 2020
However, group video calls are more important than ever now that many of us are working from home. In our guide to help you make the transition, we recommended using group video calls for team meetings, not conference phone calls. Even for those who don’t work at home, reaching out to family members is more personal with video chat, especially if you can get everyone together in one call.
Keep in mind that many services soar as the load on the Internet increases. So even if you already use another option, like Zoom or Skype, it’s a good idea to have a backup.
via Android Police