25 June 2019
Google Duo has started to rollout group video calling in select countries including Indonesia. The announcement came from Google Indonesia's official Twitter account. The tweet is touting the feature as the perfect way for local users to stay in touch with their family and friends during Ramadan days.
As per the official announcement, Duo group video calling supports adding up to three people at one time. This is lower than the previously reported limit of seven people but still good enough. It is also possible for creating multiple groups like a group of friends, office colleagues, and family members. Google did not mention what is the limit on the number of groups that can be created.
Once the groups have been created, the app will show them above the list of your contacts using Duo. It means the contacts list will now have groups at the top followed by individual contacts. Since each group can be named as per one's preference, it is easier to find the particular group you want to call. It is worth noting that group calling feature is currently available only on Duo for Android.
It seems like Google is currently under public testing phase for the Duo group video calling. This makes rolling it out only for select countries a sensible decision. We should expect a wider rollout in the near future.