Two major new versions are on the way to Google Duo, both of which were previously leaked into the chat app in 2018.
The first new feature will be video chat for groups of users to compete with Apple's Group FaceTime in iOS 12, and the second feature is a low-light mode for better video chat, even if you don't have perfect lighting.
The group communication feature will allow groups of up to 7 users to video chat when rolled out. It's hard to know if the 7 person cap will be a limit just for early testing or if Google will only allow groups of the specific size, but it seems pretty low compared to Apple's 32 user group chats. I can't imagine that video chat with 31 other people would be very fun for most things, but if you are in a business or learning situation, I can see the appeal. However, Google does not.
But it doesn't matter how many people are in your video chat if they can't see you, and this is where the low light condition comes in. Like Snapcat's light mode, you light up when you switch it on the Duo your camera feeds to make things a little easier for everyone else to see. Don't expect miracles like the one we got out of the Pixel's Night Sight feature, as illuminating forward-facing cameras usually just turns into a soft image, but it will surely be a better experience than just a black one. blur with moving lines.
There is no narrative when Google actually rolls these out, as the users who got ahold of them seem to have been fortunate enough to go into a server-side test. Hopefully we get the features before Google I / O this year.
source: Android Police
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