You can finally use yourNest Hub Maxfor happy hours and birthday parties. On
Thursday, Google announced the device can be used to make group video calls
with?Duo?and Meet.

That also means Facebook?s Portal now has some competition.

While the Hub Max is capable of making video calls, it?s been limited to
one-on-one video chat sessions. Now you can use both Duo and Meet to chat with
up to 32 or 100 people, respectively, which is far more thanFacebook Portal?s
[https://facebookportal./]eight person limit.

And, while having that many people on the 10-inch Hub Max displaymightfeel a bit
squished, it?s not much smaller than the 10.2-inch display on the Portal (2019).

Of course, price is also important to consider. Even though the $229 Nest Hub
Max is more expensive than Facebook?s $179 portal, Google?s smart display is
compatible with more video chatting apps.

That?s where Google Duo and Meet come in. But what the heck is the difference
between the two?

Essentially, Duo is the more casual video chat service ? it?s basically the
equivalent of Apple?s FaceTime.?Google Meet, on the other hand, can be described
as the more ?serious? video chat service meant for business and educational
purposes.

If you?re starting a call with Duo on the Nest Hub Max, you?ll have to first
create your group using the Duo app. That way, whenever you say ?Hey Google,
make a group call,? the Nest Hub Max will pull up all of the Duo groups you?ve
created and you can select one.

Similar to Facebook?s Portal, the Nest Hub Max has an auto-framing feature.
Rather than having to manually adjust the display, it automatically moves around
with you while you?re on the Duo call to keep you in the frame.

Additionally, Duo group video calling is available on the JBL Link View,
the?Lenovo Smart Display?(specifically the 8-inch and 10-inch models), and the
LG XBOOM AI ThinQ WK9 Smart Display.

Using Google Meet on your nest Hub Max works similarly. All you need to do is
say ?Hey Google, join a meeting,? type in the meeting code when prompted, and
join in.

You can also say ?Hey Google, show me to my next meeting,? and it?ll
automatically bring you to the waiting room of the upcoming meeting you have
scheduled on your Google Calendar.

While it works with your personal Gmail account, G Suite domains will have to
enroll in the Google Assistantbeta program [http://g.co/gsuiteassistantbeta]to
access the group video call feature.