Google Duo now lets you send Zoom-like invite links for group video calls

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Google’s Duo video calling platform now has invite hyperlinks on cellular, making it much more of a viable competitor to Zoom and different videoconferencing apps, according to Android Police.

In contrast to Google Meet, the corporate’s extra fully-featured platform designed for companies, Duo is a extra mobile-friendly and consumer-focused app. But given the continued COVID-19 pandemic, extra individuals than ever earlier than are utilizing video conferencing for informal hangouts at scales a lot bigger than your normal video name. That’s led Google to plan and launch extra strong options to all of its varied chat apps, Duo included.

The app just lately gained a bump in name high quality due to Google supporting the brand new AV1 codec, and Duo additionally now helps as much as 12 individuals on a name. Google additionally made Meet calls out there without cost to shoppers on the finish of April within the occasion you want a extra highly effective, web-based choice for videoconferencing on desktop or a laptop computer (although sooner or later, your conferences could also be restricted to 60 minutes).

The invite hyperlinks have been first introduced final month as a part of a broader function rollout that together with deliberate internet help, which remains to be on the best way, and an already-live household mode for onscreen doodling and Snapchat-style masks results. The invite hyperlinks have been stated to be coming quickly, and we are able to verify they’re now lively even in older variations of the app due to a server-side replace on Google’s finish.

Now, if you wish to create a Duo name and add extra individuals to it, you are able to do so via a devoted invite hyperlink as soon as the group name has been created. Proper now, this solely works on cellular, together with Android and iOS, that means anybody clicking the hyperlink shared on the net received’t be capable of be a part of except they’re on a Chromebook that helps the Android model of the app, according to 9to5Google.

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