Google has started rolling out two new features to its popular video calling application, Duo. One feature is Group Calling with which users will be able to make group video calls and the second one is Data Saving Mode. These features are available in India for Duo users on Android starting today and will be coming soon to iOS.
Google says that nearly 60% of all Duo calls in India included someone outside of the top eight cities, and it’s rolling out a data saver feature in the country.
Group Calling: With this new feature, groups of friends and family can be together on the call. In order to make a group video call, users need to open the app and just below the search bar, there will be ‘Create Group’ button. One then need to tap on the button and add the people with whom they want to hold the group call. The feature lets you talk with up to eight people at a time.
Data Saving Mode: The company has now officially announced the Data Saving Mode in the app. We earlier spotted the same last month on our device. The feature will enable people to experience high-quality video calling, without having to worry about data consumption. By simply setting up Data Saving Mode in the application settings, users may reduce data usage by up to 50 percent, and it works both on Wi-Fi and cellular networks.
Shweta Vaidya, Product Manager, Google Duo, said, “India is already the largest market for Duo globally, and we’re committed to building for India, helping people have a seamless and delightful experience connecting with their loved ones face to face. As a part of that commitment, we are happy to announce two new features on Duo today: Group Calling and Data Saving Mode.”