Google’s Duo video chat app will soon help you make staff video calls at the web, the quest company introduced nowadays. that might be a handy option to seize up together with your pals and family whilst social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic, even though staff name individuals will desire a Google account to sign up for, Google says. The feature is rolling out as a preview in Chrome in the coming weeks.
There’s additionally a brand new “family mode” in Duo, which lets you draw at the display in real time and practice Snapchat-like masks and results on yourself. Duo will disguise the buttons to mute and hold up while you’re in family mode so that you can doodle and play around without having to fret approximately accidentally shedding the call, Google says. Family mode is available when you’re the use of Duo at the same time as signed in along with your Google account. Here’s an image of what it seems like:
The Snapchat-like masks and effects will also be to be had in one-on-one calls you are making on Android and iOS, Google says. the first ones are launching this week, including this terrifying mask that turns you into a flower in celebration of Mother’s Day:
Closing month, Google said it might be rolling out the AV1 video codec to Duo calls to enhance video name quality, introducing a facet-by way of-side photo mode, and upping the Duo workforce name dimension from 8 to twelve. you can see a lot of Google Duo’s options in motion on this promotional video:
Duo now falls below the purview of Javier Soltero, who’s the VP and normal supervisor of G Suite, Google introduced the day past. that means he now oversees Duo and Google Meet, Google’s different video calling carrier, however Soltero doesn’t have any speedy plans to switch or combine any of Google’s messaging and communications apps, he informed my colleague Dieter Bohn the day prior to this. Meet has traditionally been a business-targeted app, but Google made it free for everyone last week.