Unlike Allo, Google Duo appears to be doing fine and will likely be around for a very long time. The video calling app which was launched alongside Google Allo over two years ago, is reportedly testing group calling.
According to Android Police, group calling is already being tested by some users of the app, which suggests that it is not yet official available. If you have not yet seen the feature on the version of your app, then it is probably because you are not part of the tests currently being carried out.
Group calling, unlike what we have in Apple’s FaceTime, is limited to only seven users. Users will have to first create a group with the contacts they wish to video chat with before they can start a call with all of them at the same time.
Scott Scrivens of Android Police reports that it is unlikely that users will be able to add anyone into a group while a group call is going on. Once you tap on the group name in the bottom right corner of a call, you will be presented with a list of group members. Users will be allowed to create multiple groups and they will appear in their contacts list at the very top in order to allow for easy access.
Last July, Google Duo finally rolled out multi-device support that allows you to sign into the video calling app on multiple devices. To enable the multiple-device functionality, simply double check just to be sure you have linked your Duo account with your Google account. Also, having it connected to your registered phone number will enable the multi-device support to work.
While your primary device gives you the option to delete your Duo account, the secondary one does not. You can, however, sign out of the second device so you can change accounts or log in with a different registered phone number.
Earlier in the year, Duo added an email address option so you can call your buddies via their Gmail address. Version 31 of the app now gives you the option to link your Google Account with the service.
Google Duo recently hit 1 billion downloads on the Play Store. The video-calling app, which was launched over two years ago, has gradually added some useful features and integrated with some other apps to grow its user base. Those efforts have now started yielding results as users continue to embrace the use of the app.
Duo was launched alongside Allo in 2016, but while the video-calling app grew its user base, the later stagnated, and is now being killed off by Google. Hitting 1 billion downloads on the Play Store is not a small achievement. Shortly after its launch, Duo climbed to the #1 spot in the Play Store top downloads, and remained there for a while.