As the world is experiencing lockdown, social distancing during the coronavirus crisis, Google has increased the number of people in a group call from 8 to 12 on its Duo app. The announcement was made by the company’s senior director of product and design, Sanaz Ahari on Twitter.
We are grateful that Duo is helping users see their loved ones all around the world. We recognize group calling is particularly critical right now. We have increased group calling from 8 participants to 12 effective today. More to come. #AllInThisTogether #COVID19
— Sanaz (@sanazahari) March 27, 2020
It is a server-side update. You do not need to update your app from stores. Just close the app and open it again, you should be able to add 12 people in a group chat. Duo offers amazing video and voice quality.
The number of participants is still less than Skype. 50 People Can Now Participate In A Skype Group Video Chat.