Google revealed last month that it was merging its two video chat services, Google Meet and Google Duo. The process has finally started, but what exactly is happening?
What is going on?
At the moment, Google has two video calling services. Duo is a simplified app meant for instant video calls, mostly on mobile devices (although there is a web app). Meet is more like Zoom or video calling in Microsoft Teams, with links to join calls and a more complex feature set.
Google has been integrating Meet’s features and code into Google Duo in recent months, and the merger officially kicks off today. The Duo app for iPhone, iPad, and Android has a new logo, which looks like a green version of the Meet logo, and you can join Meet conversations from within the Duo app. The app for Google Meet is now labeled “Google Meet (original)” and will eventually disappear, although there’s no set timeline for that yet.
That doesn’t address the complex web of Google’s other messaging services, including Google Chat (which used to be Hangouts Meet), the old Hangouts app shutting down, and so on. This change only affects Duo and Meet.
In summary, the Google Duo app now works with both Duo and Meet calls, and the separate Meet app will be removed at some point.
What should I do now?
If you’re using Google Meet or Duo, you don’t need to do anything now. The Duo app will continue to work with Duo conversations, and the old Meet app will still work as usual. However, if you switch to the current Duo app on iPhone, iPad, and Android, you won’t have to install anything new if Google decides to close the old Meet app.