Google announces merger of Meet and Duo into a single video calling platform

In the upcoming weeks, all features of Google Meet will be added in the Google Duo to make it a single platform for video calls.

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Google has historically stayed unsuccessful with its communication apps and kept launching new platforms and killing old ones. To simplify its video calling services the company has now announced the merger of Google Meet and Google Duo into a single app. 

Google Duo was launched in 2016 along with Allo (messaging app which was shut down in 2018) for regular customers while Google Meet was launched in 2017 with additional features for professionals and businesses. 

In the upcoming weeks, all features of Google Meet will be added in the Google Duo to make it a single platform for video calls for all types of users at no cost. Later this year, the company will rename the ‘Google Duo’ app to ‘Google Meet’. 

Existing features of Google Duo app remain unchanged and all conversation history, contacts, and messages will also continue to be saved in the app. The Google Duo app will get features of Google Meet app via updates and it will be renamed too through an update, there will be no new app to download.

Announcing the merger of both apps, Google said in a blog post, “We’re upgrading the Duo experience to include all Google Meet features. This integrated experience will provide users with a single solution for both video calling and meetings with people across their lives.”

“We’re committed to making the transition from Duo to Meet as smooth as possible. Admins will receive an email detailing the impact to their organization,” Google added. 

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Pretty soon, the Duo app will get an update that brings an onslaught of Meet features into the platform; later this year, the Duo app will be renamed Google Meet. The current Meet app will be called “Meet Original,” and eventually deprecated.

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Had they done this before the pandemic then maybe zoom wouldn't have gained as much popularity, people would have opted for meet instead.

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