The next step in Google’s merger with Duo and Meet starts today.

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In June, Google told us that start merge this is Duo video chat service for consumers with meet, its rival is Zoom for business users. The next phase of this merger begins today.

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Merging two applications has always been a complex process. Throw in the general confusion around Google’s messaging strategy and you can imagine what it looks like, but what Google is basically doing here is porting all of Meet’s capabilities to the Duo app and then turning it into a new and updated app. Google Meet.

In July, Google already began adding more Meet features to Duo in preparation for the transition, and Meet also received an update and a new green icon. Oh, and the Google Meet app is now called “Google Meet (original)”. Users who don’t follow every twist and turn of this saga will surely think about it for a few seconds before heading to the next unnecessary meeting and forgetting about it all.

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Starting today, Google will be releasing an update to the Duo app for Android and iOS that will feature a new Meet logo as well as a new in-app notification explaining what’s going on.

Since the Duo app already supports Meet meeting capabilities today, there aren’t any major feature updates here, but it’s worth emphasizing that you’ll need a Google account to use these meeting features (previously, all you needed to use Duo was a number). phone).

In September, all users will see a new Google Meet icon and app name. At this point, if you want to install Meet from the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store, you’ll get an updated Google Meet app (formerly Google Duo) with combined video calling and meeting features.

If you’re currently using the Google Meet (original) app, you can continue to do so for now, you just won’t get the new ad hoc calling features. However, at some point this application will disappear. “We’ll let you know when you should switch to a new app,” Google says.

If you’re using Duo on the web, you’ll see the new branding today, but that’s about all that will change. It will be several months before Duo website redirect to meet.


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