Google Duo will soon become Google Meet
The Google Duo and Meet merger is now underway after months of planning and rumors, with the first customers noticing the changes on their Android smartphones. In order to provide a more complete service that it claims will be advantageous to all customers, Google has chosen to integrate its two video calling apps. Different app names and functions have already confused users as a result of the initial integration. What you need to know about the new Google Duo and Meet collaboration is provided below.
Google Duo, which was first made available in 2016, will soon become Google Meet as the firm aims to unify its consumer and business solutions into one platform. Users of the Google Duo app may have noticed a notice when they logged in during the past several weeks explaining how the service would soon change to Meet, “with a new name and symbol, and more capabilities like backdrop effects.” Users of Google Duo may now take advantage of features including in-meeting chat, virtual backgrounds, and visual effects, and starting calls with up to 100 people.
The new Meet branding in the most recent Android update for Google Duo makes the move official. Until a user launches the program, the default Google Duo blue symbol is displayed after installation. When they arrive, users are greeted with a notice prompt that reads, “Duo has been updated to Meet,” and when they accept it, the app changes to reflect the new Meet logo. Users of Google Duo on iOS and iPad aren’t currently noticing the shift, but Google has stated that it plans to migrate all clients to Meet by the end of September.
Although Google has also stated that the Google Duo web app will eventually redirect to the Google Meet page, it is still available with its old branding. For the time being, the Google Duo app listing is still available on the Play Store and iOS App Store, allowing users to download and install it as usual. To use the new version of Meet and all of its features, users simply need to be signed in using a Google account, as accounts created with just a phone number won’t be able to host meetings. Google said that there wouldn’t be a new app to download or additional fees to incur and that all chat history, contacts, and messages between Duo users would continue to be maintained in the current app.