Google Meet and Google Duo start a confusing merger

Google Meet and Google Duo start a confusing merger

Google has started the next phase of merging its Duo and Meet video chat apps into one service.

The brand sent out an update on Wednesday, which will change the Google Duo icon to Google Meet. The update is largely cosmetic, but it will roll out to Android and iOS devices in the coming weeks. You can expect to get a notification on your home screen explaining how Google Duo has merged with Google Meet.

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The brand detailed in June that it has plans to merge the two chat services into a more professional video meeting system, which will be branded under one name, Google Meet. The transition started quickly in July with Google. Google began making changes to the system, moving several features from Meet to Duo, including:

  • Customized virtual backgrounds for video communication
  • Meeting Scheduling
  • Chat rooms in the meeting
  • Share live content during the call
  • real-time subtitles
  • Video call limit increased from 32 to 100 participants
  • Google tools integration with Gmail, Google Calendar, Assistant, Messages and more.
  • The brand also sent out an update, changing the app’s icon to “Google Meet (original)”.

TechCrunch noted that many frequent Google Meet users probably wouldn’t have noticed the icon change as a major change. However, once the August update hits devices, they’ll be forced to notice the transition. The post also added that as the merger continues, you’ll need a Google account to access Meet’s unique features. Previously, Duo as a calling app only required a phone number.

As the merger wraps up around September, everyone will see the new Google Meet icon and app name, and those looking to install Google’s video messaging service for the first time should check out the new Google Meet app, which It will be available on the Google Play Store or Apple App Store.

The Google Meet (original) app will be around for some time, but it will eventually be retired and its users will receive a recommendation to upgrade to the new app.

Google is also updating its Google Meet branding on its Duo on web services starting Wednesday; however, the transition of that platform entirely to the new system is planned for the next few months, the brand said.

The fate of Google Duo’s merger with Google Meet appears to be simply a numbers game, rather than scrapping the app entirely. 9to5Google noted in June that Google Duo has 5 billion Android downloads, compared to Google Meet, which has more than 100 million downloads.

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