Google is combining Meet and Duo into a single app for voice and video calls If you already have Duo installed, you won’t have to do anything. Last month, Google pushed a Duo update that adds the features from Meet, and today, Google’s rolling out an update on iOS and Android that will change the Duo logo to the Meet icon. By September, anyone who downloads the Google Meet app will receive the new Meet / Duo combo. Google notes that duo.google.com will redirect to meet.google.com/calling over the next few months.
The Meet Original, Google Duo, and Meet (from left to right). Google, as seen. Google said in June that it was integrating Meet’s features into the Duo app, and that process officially started today. Technically, neither service is being discontinued by Google; instead, Duo is being rebranded as Meet and will retain all of the functionality of both applications, while Meet remains Meet. There will only be two apps at the end of this process: the new Meet app that integrates Meet and Duo, and “Meet Original,” the standard Meet app that will eventually be phased out. You may hold meetings and hold group and individual calls using the unified app.
This change adds another layer of complexity to Google’s web of messaging apps but is a sign that Google’s consolidating the services it already has rather than just adding a new one. Earlier this year, Google announced that it would shut down Hangouts in November in favor of Google Chat. Google also ended third-party support for Google Talk (aka GChat) last month.
Now, if you’re a Meet user, you don’t have to do anything right now if you just want to keep using it as it has always existed without any additional perks from Duo. Google may eventually end support for the original Meet, so just keep that in mind if you wish to continue using the app as-is. Google says it will inform original Meet users when they “should migrate to the new app experience” but doesn’t specify when that will happen.