Google Chrome beats WhatsApp with an upgrade we all need right now.
Google Chrome Update Video Call Google Duo App
Google Chrome users will now be able to kick start video calls inside Google Duo from their browser.
GOOGLE’s all-conquering Chrome is the most popular desktop browser on the planet. And now the search engine giant wants to offer the millions of people using the software a quick one-tap way to launch a video call with their WhatsApp rival. Here’s how.
There is a battle raging for your video calls at the moment. Following the lockdown measures implemented across the globe in order to stop the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak, family and friends have turned to video call apps to keep in touch, organise socially distant pub quizzes, movie nights, hair dressing tutorials and much, much more.
While Google made its business and education video call app Google Meet free for everyone to make calls with up to 100 people at the same time, and WhatsApp doubled its previous limit from four to eight simultaneous callers.
And now Google Duo – a video call rival to Apple Face Time and WhatsApp – has received another boost to help users stay in touch with the people they haven’t been able to see due to the social distancing measures in place across the globe.
Google has already expanded the maximum number of people who can take part in a video call, increasing the previous limit of eight callers to 12.
And now the Californian company is leveraging the colossal popularity of its Chrome web browser to help connect more people in lockdown and become a go-to video call app.
Google Duo calls can now be kick started from Google Chrome. The feature is only in preview at the moment, so will undergo more beta testing before it’s rolled out to millions of users worldwide.
However, the integration with Google Chrome could be a game changer. Chrome is used by roughly 67% of all desktop web users.
WhatsApp update offers first look at new feature invading your chats. That is a huge number of people.
No other web browser comes close, so the ability to quickly jump into a video call, or kick start a new one with up to 12 friends or family from the desktop app could tempt users to ditch other options.
Users will need a Google Account – which doesn’t necessarily require a Gmail email address – to take part in a call.
That is the same requirement to use Google Meet, which was once reserved for enterprise and education users but is now available for everyone.
The move comes after Google Meet implemented a new AV1 video codec to all Duo calls to improve video call quality over slower internet connections.
So, even if you’re struggling to stream the likes of Netflix from the sofa, you should still appear crystal clear on your next Google Duo call.
Google Chrome beats WhatsApp with an upgrade we all need right now. If this rumour is true, there’s really bad news for Samsung Galaxy Note fans.
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