Google is mixing up its video chat apps again

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Google currently has two apps for video and audio calling, Meet and Duo, but soon the company will combine them into a new Google Meet app.

Google today confirmed that its two apps for video and audio calls, Meet and Duo, will be merged into a single service. While the new combined app will retain the Google Meet name, the mobile apps will be an update to the existing Duo app — the existing Meet app will eventually be renamed “Meet Original” and then discontinued. Chat history, contacts, and messages will be retained throughout the transition.

“In the coming weeks,” Google said in a blog post, “we’re adding all the functionality of Google Meet to the Duo app, so users can easily schedule a video meeting at a time that’s convenient for everyone. world, or continue to use video calling to instantly connect with a person or a group. Later this year, we’ll be renaming the Duo app to Google Meet, our unique video communication service on Google that’s available free to everyone. .

Google previously had a single video and audio service for business and home customers, known as Google Hangouts. However, the company launched two new apps in 2016 that aimed to replace Hangouts for ordinary people: Allo (for text messaging) and Duo (for calls). Hangouts was quickly split into two new products for organizations, called Hangouts Chat (similar to Slack or Microsoft Teams) and Hangouts Meet (for calls). In 2018, Google has started to shut down Hello and began moving its functionality to Messages (the default SMS app on Android), while Hangouts remained an enterprise product.

The COVID-19 pandemic and the popularity around Zoom has blurred the line between Google Meet and Duo. Google has opened Meet up to anyone with a Google Accountinstead of limiting it to paying customers, while Duo has steadily increased the maximum number of participants who might be on the same video call.

With so much overlap between Duo and Meet, it makes sense for the two services to merge. That doesn’t make the process any less confusing, though, especially since Google is still flip-flopping on how to handle its email services. Six years after Hangouts was split into multiple services, we’re back to a single app. “This has all happened before, but the question remains, does this all have to happen again?”

Source: Google

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