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Google Duo shares ‘Family Mode’ to help users add pizzazz to video calls

The new Family Mode allows the users to surprise everyone with fun effects and masks that transform them into astronauts, cats and more.

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In today’s unprecedented times when the world is battling COVID-19 pandemic, video calling has been a life-changing way for many of us to remain connected with our loved ones virtually. Google Duo has now come up with more updates to help us make conversations with our loved ones even more special by bring a little bit of fun.

New Family Mode brings in more fun

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Google has introduced a new family mode that allows the users to doodle on video calls for everyone to see and also surprise them with fun effects and masks that transform them into astronauts, cats and more.

Google Duo users simply need to start a video call by tapping on the menu icon and then clicking on Family to get started. The users don’t have to worry about accidental mutes or hang-ups because Google has hidden those buttons while the Duo users are playing together. Mind you! This new family mode is available when a user signs into Duo using their Google account. “As always, calls on Duo are end-to-end encrypted and stay private between you and your loved ones,” Humberto Castaneda, Product Manager, Google Duo, claimed in an official blog post.

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Add glamour to video calls with new effects

In addition to bringing masks and effects to Google’s new family mode, the tech giant is bringing them to any one-on-one video calls on Android and iOS—starting this week with a Mother’s Day effect. “We’re also rolling out more effects and masks that help you express yourself, from wearing heart glasses to transforming into a flower,” as per a blog post by Google.

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Make group calls with Google Duo on the web

In order to bring people together in more ways, Google has now revealed: “You’ll be able to make group calls with Duo on the web, starting as a preview on Chrome, alongside a new layout that lets you see more people at the same time. To make getting together easier, you’ll also be able to invite anyone with a Google account to join a group call with just a link.”

Do let us know how to find these newly-introduced features on Google Duo in the comment section.

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