Google to combine Meet and Duo into a single-platform mobile app
Google made a big announcement today, revealing that it is combining two of its video-calling apps to create a single video streaming platform that it will call Meet. The two video platforms that will be combined include Meet and Duo. The former is a streaming video platform used to engage as many as 250 people in a single video chat. Duo is a free video chat app for iOS and Android.
Duo is leaving Google with a single video platform that it will call Meet
The new Google Meet home screen
As Duo and Meet become one, Duo’s mobile app will become the default and the Duo app will be renamed Google Meet later this year. The current Meet app will be known as Meet Original. An update will eventually be made available to Duo that will send Meet features to the Duo platform.
Duo will receive these new features thanks to the update:
- Customize virtual backgrounds in calls and meetings.
- Schedule meetings so everyone can join at a time that’s convenient for them.
- Use in-meeting chat for deeper engagement.
- Live share content to enable interaction with all participants on the call.
- Get real-time closed captions to better support accessibility and boost participation.
- Increase size of video calls from a current limit of 32 to 100 participants.
- Integrate with other tools, including Gmail, Google Calendar, Assistant, Messages and more.
Meet is the obvious choice for Google to focus on for its video and voice options
Workspace’s Soltero says that as Meet has grown during the pandemic, it has become the more obvious choice for Google to focus on for its video and voice options. Google has plenty of work ahead as it seeks to recognize which device you’re using at a particular moment and sends notifications to that device only.
We’re committed to making the transition from Duo to Meet as smooth as possible,” Google said. In 2020, Google started offering Meet free to users and also pushed out more than 100 features and improvements for the app.