Google Meet and Duo Team Up: Here’s What’s Happening

Last month, Google announced that it was merging two video chat services, Google Meet and Google Duo. The process has finally begun, but what exactly is happening?

What is happening?

Google currently has two video calling services. Duo is a simplified application designed for direct video calls, mainly on mobile devices (although there is also a web application). Meet is more like Zoom or Microsoft Teams video calls, with links to join calls and a more sophisticated set of features.

Google has been integrating Meet’s features and code into Google Duo over the past few months, and the merger officially began today. The Duo app for iPhone , iPad , and Android  has a new logo that looks like a green version of the Meet logo, and you can join Meet calls from the Duo app. The Google Meet app is now labeled “Google Meet (original)” and will eventually disappear, though there is no firm timeline for that yet.

This does not include the complex network of other Google messaging services, including Google Chat (which used to be called Hangouts Meet), the old Hangouts app that is in the process of being shut down , and so on. This change only applies to Duo and Meet.

To recap: The Google Duo app now works with both Duo and Meet calls, and the standalone Meet app will be removed at some point.

What should I do right now?

If you’re using Google Meet or Duo, you don’t need to do anything right now. The Duo app will continue to work with Duo calls, and the old Meet app still works as it always has. However, if you switch to the current Duo app on  iPhone , iPad , and Android , you won’t need to install anything new when Google decides to shut down the old Meet app.

Source: TechCrunch

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