Google to roll out group calling on Nest Hub Max
Google has announced a group calling feature for its Nest Hub Max smart display via the company’s already existing video calling services Google Duo and Google Meet. Currently available in the US, Nest users can make a group video call with up to 32 participants through Google Duo or with up to 100 participants via Google Meet.
To start a group video call via Google Duo using Nest Hub Max, users need to first create groups on the Duo mobile app. Once they have created the groups, they can start a group video call through a voice command – ‘Hey Google, make a group call to Nest Hub Max’ and then tap on the group to connect with.
The new feature allows for chats of up to 32 users and utilizes the smart screen’s auto-framing potential to keep the subject in the picture. The feature will also be available on a number of third-party Google-ready smart screens like on LG XBOOM AI ThinQ WK9 Smart Display, Display, JBL Link View, and Lenovo’s 8-inch and 10-inch Smart Displays.
The company also plans upcoming features of Google Meet like background blur, custom background, polling for enterprises and educators. Group calling will have options like hand raising to allow participants in the meeting to inform the host when they want to raise a question or have something important to say, meeting attendance to make it easy for the host of the meeting to know who attended the session, breakout rooms with help of which participants can be split into smaller groups for parallel discussions without disconnecting the main the video call, Q&A for convenient questions and answers session, and polling for engaging participants.
Video chat has been one of the chief selling points of smart screens like Amazon Echo Show and Google’s Nest Hub Max. Due to the latest Covid-19 pandemic lockdowns when most of the world is cut off from friends and families, group chat has become a lifeline and this meant big business for conferencing apps. These sorts of services have become increasingly popular for casual chats also. Google spotted the potential and announced that it is finally bringing group chats to the Hub Max through Duo.
There is far more professional factor to this group calling as well. Companies have always explored smart screens in the workplace, but as now in today’s time when the home is the office for many around the globe; it becomes important to offer business meetings on these products. This feature is rolling out soon in the coming weeks.