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Google Duo now allows users to send invite links for group video calls

Google's video-calling app Google Duo has got a Zoom-like feature that would allow users to join a video call via a link.

twitter-logoAnkita Chakravarti | June 9, 2020 | Updated 16:25 IST

Highlights

  • Google’s video-calling app Google Duo has got a Zoom-like feature that would allow users to join a video call via a link.
  • Google is rolling out the feature gradually for its users.
  • The users with 89 and 91 versions of the app will get the new server-side update.

Google's video-calling app Google Duo has got a Zoom-like feature that would allow users to join a video call via a link. Users can now invite people to join their video calling simply by sending a link to them, this feature is already available in Google Meet and Zoom. The feature is only available for the Google Duo mobile app and not the web client.

As per an Android Authority report, Google has rolled out the feature for the mobile app users. The users with 89 and 91 versions of the app will get the new server-side update without really having to update their app to the latest version.

The feature was first announced in May and now the Google Duo users have already received the update on their mobile app. "In the coming weeks, you'll be able to make group calls with Duo on the web, starting as a preview on Chrome, alongside a new layout that lets you see more people at the same time. To make getting together easier, you'll also be able to invite anyone with a Google account to join a group call with just a link," Google had noted. The feature will be soon made available to the web app as well.

In order to create the link, users will have to first add one person to the call. When the person added to the call, a link will appear at the center of the screen. The user can then copy the link and send it to other people to invite them for the call. You are not required to have a Google account in order to join a call. Just having the link would suffice.

For the receivers, you will just have to click on the link provided by the host. The link will redirect you to the Google Duo app. Over twelve people can join a call at a time including the host. Although there are other apps like Google Meet and Zoom for professional purposes, Google Duo can be an easy alternative to those. It is very simple to start a call on Google Duo, you just need to have the app.

Apart from this, Google had earlier announced a host of new features for Duo earlier in May. The new modes include a family mode, new effects, and better ways to connect with people. For instance, if it is your virtual graduation ceremony, you can also don a virtual graduation cap using the effects for the ceremony. So try the app out!

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