Google Assistant smart displays now support group calls

Users can join group video calls with a maximum of 32 participants using Google Meet or Duo

With a lot of countries still in quarantine and the majority of the world’s populations practicing social distancing, video calling has been the go-to tool for families, friends, and big companies. With that in mind, Google has taken to updating the Google Assitant smart displays to support both group calling and video group calling on smart displays through the use of its own apps, Google Meet or Duo.

With your voice, you can instruct your Google Assitant to initialize a group call. For more casual users, Google Duo can initialize group video calls through either voice or using the smart display’s screen, and users can host and join group video calls with a maximum of 32 participants. The display will show up to eight participants including yourself. Users who use the Nest Hub Max will also get the added auto-framing feature that will allows you to move around and still be seen on-camera.

If your video call exceeds Duo’s limit, you can opt to use Google Meet. It accommodates up to 100 participants and can also be prompted by the voice command, “Hey Google, join a meeting.” Google Meet has added security features that require you to type in a meeting code that was assigned for the call using the smart display’s screen. You can also host a new meeting and details will be pushed to your phone or email so you can send the invite to the desired participants.

Additionally, Google assistant-enabled smart displays will now have a “speed dial” feature that allows users to pin desired contacts for easy access. The names will appear on the screen of the smart display and can be called via voice prompt or by tapping their name on the screen.