Google will 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 first is a video streaming platform used to engage up to 250 people in a single video chat. Duo is a free video chat app for iOS and Android.

Duo leaves Google with a single video platform that it will call Meet

In addition to combining Duo and Meet, eventually Google it will also remove Duo leaving Google with a single video platform, Meet. Javier Soltero, director of Google Workspace, said: “What has been really important is understanding how people choose which tool to use, for what purpose, in what circumstances.” Meet has been used for meetings and group chats.
Duo, meanwhile, has a lot in common with FaceTime, as it was developed for one-on-one video chats rather than the big conferences that Meet and Zoom are used for. By integrating Meet and Duo, you can start a meeting from almost anywhere. One advantage Duo has is the ability to start a video chat simply by calling a person’s phone number instead of relying on someone to click a link or tap the giant “Meet” button.

As Duo and Meet become one, the Duo 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. Eventually, an update for Duo will be made available that will push Meet features to the Duo platform.

Duo will receive these new features thanks to the update:

  • Personalize 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.
  • Share live content to allow interaction with all participants on the call.
  • Get real-time captions to improve accessibility and increase engagement.
  • Increase the 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.
Dave Citron, director of video products at Google, said, “The Duo mobile app had a lot of sophistication, especially under the hood and in emerging markets where network connectivity was poor or highly variable.” Citron says that on the web it’s different; There, Meet is the much more developed web platform “creating the basis of the new combined system.” But in both cases, says Googler, the idea is to combine Meet and Duo with something available to everyone without leaving any user out.

Meet is the obvious choice for Google to focus on its video and voice options

Bachelor of Workspace says that as Meet has grown during the pandemic, it has become the most obvious choice for Google to focus on for its video and voice options. Google has a lot of work ahead of it as it seeks to recognize which device you’re using at any given time and send notifications only to that device.

Google says: “As part of our mission to create a connected experience for all users, we’re excited to bring our video calling and meeting technologies together into a single, powerful, and easy-to-use solution. Video communications is a major area of ​​focus for us and will continue to see our investments in Google Meet to help people connect, collaborate and share experiences on any device, at home, school and work.

We are committed to making the transition from Duo to Meet as seamless as possible,” Google said. In 2020, Google started offering Meet for free to users and also released over 100 features and improvements to the app.

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