(Pocket-lint) - Google Meet and Google Duo group video calling capabilities can be used on the Nest Hub Max and other Google Assistant-enabled smart displays with cameras, like the JBL Link View and Lenovo 8-inch and 10-inch smart displays.
A software update allows users to have a group video call with up to 32 people on these devices, rather than the previously offered 1:1.
Here's what you need to know, including how to get started.
What do you need to get started?
You need a Google Nest Hub Max, or a Google Assistant smart display with a camera, which includes the Lenovo 8-inch smart display, Lenovo 10-inch smart display, JBL Link View and the LG XBOOM AI ThinQ WK9. The standard Google Nest Hub is not included as it doesn't have a camera.
How to make a Meet or Duo group video call on Nest Hub Max
- Create groups in the Duo mobile app.
- Ask your smart display, "Hey Google, make a group call."
- Tap on the group you want to connect with.
Google Duo calls support up to 32 people at a time, although your Nest Hub Max or smart display will only show up to eight participants, including yourself, simultaneously.
You can start a group video call from your smart display with either your voice or by tapping the screen. Groups created in the Google Duo mobile app can also be later accessed on your smart display.
Nest Hub Max's auto-framing works, too, so you can move around and remain centered during your Google Duo group video call.
- Ask your Nest Hub Max, "Hey Google, start a meeting".
- Or, say, "Hey Google, join a meeting".
- Tap "Enter a meeting code".
Google Meet calls support up to 100 participants at a time on a Nest Hub Max. It's not available on other Assistant smart displays as yet.
You can join meetings simply by typing in the meeting code after saying "Hey Google, join a meeting" or through the calendar on your Nest Hub Max. If you start a new meeting, a push notification will be sent to your phone to share with others.
Google Meet does not yet support auto-framing on the Nest Hub Max.