Google Meet is integrating and Duo into a “single video communications service.”
Duo now has video calling and meetings. The app’s name and icon will change to “Google Meet,” later this year, incorporating a Google-colored camera.
“We have been doing this carefully, first adding Google Meet features to the Duo app; and now rebranding Duo to Meet,” a company spokesman tells PCMag. By the end of the year, Google Meet will include online and mobile.
Confusingly, the current Google Meet is hanging around for a while. Which will be retired (along with Labs, Wave, Reader, and, shortly, Hangouts).
Duo, an iOS and Android FaceTime replacement, introduced in August 2016. Using your current phone number, it accesses your contact list; and optimises call quality to changing network circumstances; switching between Wi-Fi and cellular data without missing the conversation.
Google released Meet, originally Hangouts Meet, in March 2017, but the enterprise-friendly video-conferencing service truly took off in April 2020, when it became free to everyone during the COVID-19 epidemic.
Google has added virtual effects, live captioning, and noise suppression to its programmes. Now it’s in one app.
Existing Duo video calling functionality will remain, including the ability to call by phone number or email address, utilise filters and effects, send messages, and ask Google Assistant to call using existing devices, according to a June blog post (Opens in a new window). All chat history, contacts, and messages will remain in the app; no new app will be needed.
Custom backdrops, meeting scheduling, in-house chat, Google tool integration, and up to 100 attendees are all available.