Attempting to take some of Zoom’s territory, Google recently announced in a blog post that you can now make group video calls from Google Smart Displays. This includes Google’s own branded Nest Home Max as well as 3rd party partner Smart Displays powered by Google Assistant such as the Lenovo Smart Display.

Group calls can be initiated from the smart display on Duo and supports up to 32 participants (although a maximum of 8 participants will be displayed on screen).

Group calls can also be made on Google Meet (designed more for office calls) and interestingly within Meet you can have up to 100 participants. From an initial look there’s nothing you preventing you to set up a Google Meet group call for ‘personal’ reasons (although it may pay to read the fine print).

Also announced was the ability to join Google Meet calls via your voice (“Hey google, join my next meeting” ) which requires you to send up to their Beta program via G Suite which sounds overly complicated.

We like the added enhancements that the Big G is making to their Smart Displays, seemingly a forgotten and underutilsed feature of their smart home ecosystem. Would be even better if we could see support for 3rd party video chat providers.

The Verge: You can now make group calls in Google Meet or Duo from a smart display Google Adds Group Video Calling to Smart Displays and Google Meet Via G Suite Has a Beta Program for Nest Hub Max