Google plans to merge Meet and Duo into one smartphone app

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Besides combining Duo and Meet, eventually Google will also eliminate Duo leaving Google with a single video platform, Meet. Javier Soltero, the head of Google Workspace, said, “What’s been really important is understanding how people make the choice as to what tool they’re going to use, for what purpose, in what circumstance,” Meet has been used for meetings and group chats.

Today, Google made a huge announcement, stating that it is merging two of its video-calling applications to create Meet, a single video streaming platform. Meet and Duo are the two video platforms that will be united. The former is a video streaming platform that can accommodate up to 250 participants in a single video chat. Duo is an iOS and Android video chat software that is completely free. Duo will leave Google with a single video platform dubbed Meet.

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  • Meanwhile, Duo has a lot in common with FaceTime as it was developed for one-to-cone video chats rather than the large conferences that Meet and Zoom are used for. By integrating Meet and Duo, you can start a meeting from just about anywhere. One advantage that Duo has is the ability to start a video chat by simply calling a person’s phone number instead of relying on someone to click on a link or tap on a giant “Meet” button. As Duo and Meet become one, Duo’s 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. An update will eventually be made available to Duo that will send Meet features to the Duo platform.

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