Google Duo will lose unlimited desktop call duration in Meet Takeover

Google announced last month that it was merging its two video calling apps, Google Meet and Google Duo, and the transition officially began a few days ago. However, the switch has one significant drawback.

While the new Google Meet combo will have many advantages, especially when compared to Duo (which has always been lighter in features), there will be at least one downside. Google has confirmed to How-To Geek that starting a Meet call from a phone or tablet will not have a maximum time limit, but calls started from the Meet desktop web app will be limited to 60 minutes for free Google accounts. We also asked Google if the time limit applies to one-on-one calls, but the company did not respond in time to post.

Time limits in Duo and (old) Meet

Google Duo has never had a maximum call duration limit for both audio and video calls. The main limit was just the number of people you could have on a single call – the maximum number of Duo members reached eight prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, which was increased to 12 in March 2020 , and rose again to 32 a few months later. . Until May 2020, Duo did not have online group video calls.

Google Meet, on the other hand, was designed from the beginning for large companies and organizations to conduct online video calls. Google Workspace accounts (created by organizations) can have up to 500 participants on the same call , although the limit for most Google accounts is 100 . There is no time limit for Meet calls for paid Workspace accounts, which was also true when Meet was rolled out for free Google accounts in the early days of the pandemic, but that ended in 2021 .

Zoom is forcing free calls to end after 40 minutes , and free Microsoft Teams meetings are limited to 60 minutes in groups or 30 hours in one-on-one calls . However, there are still some services that offer free calls with no time limit, such as Microsoft Skype and Apple FaceTime.

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