In June, Google introduced that it’s bringing the options of Meet into the Duo app — and that transformation begins at this time. Google isn’t technically eliminating both app; Duo’s getting rebranded as Meet with the options from each apps, and Meet’s staying Meet.
Sure, it sounds fairly complicated, but by the top of this course of, there will likely be simply two apps: “Meet Authentic” (the usual Meet app that may ultimately get phased out) and the brand new Meet that mixes each Meet and Duo. The mixed app will allow you to conduct each group and one-on-one calls in addition to maintain conferences.
If you have already got Duo put in, you received’t need to do something. Final month, Google pushed a Duo replace that provides the options from Meet, and at this time, Google’s rolling out an replace on iOS and Android that may change the Duo emblem to the Meet icon. By September, anybody who downloads the Google Meet app will obtain the brand new Meet / Duo combo. Google notes that duo.google.com will redirect to meet.google.com/calling over the subsequent few months.
Now, should you’re a Meet consumer, you don’t need to do something proper now should you simply wish to maintain utilizing it because it has all the time existed with none extra perks from Duo. Google might ultimately finish assist for the unique Meet, so simply maintain that in thoughts should you want to proceed utilizing the app as-is. Google says it’ll inform unique Meet customers once they “ought to migrate to the brand new app expertise” but doesn’t specify when that may occur.
This transformation provides one other layer of complexity to Google’s net of messaging apps but is an indication that Google’s consolidating the companies it already has slightly than simply including a brand new one. Earlier this yr, Google introduced that it will shut down Hangouts in November in favor of Google Chat. Google additionally ended third-party assist for Google Discuss (aka GChat) final month.