Google merging Duo and Meet into a single app

Google is combining its two video-calling apps — Meet and Duo — into a single service, the tech giant announced on Wednesday, 1 June 2022.

The combination of the apps will still fall under the Google Meet name, and the single communications service will be available to everyone at no cost.

“As part of our continued investment in helping people stay connected, and to adapt to evolving user needs, we’re upgrading the Duo experience to include all Google Meet features,” vice president of Google Workspace, Jay Soltero, said.

“Later this year, we’ll rename the Duo app to Google Meet, our single video communications service across Google that is available to everyone at no cost.”

Google said the upgrade would also allow users to use enhanced features, including the ability to:

  • Customise virtual backgrounds in calls and meetings;
  • Schedule meetings so everyone can join at a convenient time for them;
  • Use in-meeting chat;
  • Live share content and allow all participants on the call to interact;
  • Get real-time closed captions for better accessibility and participation;
  • Increase the size of video calls from 32 to 100 participants; and
  • Integrate other tools like Gmail, Google Calendar, Assistant, Messages, etc.

Google also said that Duo’s existing video-calling features, such as calling friends and family using phone numbers or email addresses, and using fun filters and effects, would remain.

It added that all conversation histories, contacts, and messages would continue to be saved in the app.

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