In June, Google advised us that it might begin merging its Duo video chat service for shoppers with Meet, its Zoom competitor for enterprise customers. The subsequent section of this merger begins right this moment.
Merging two apps was all the time going to be an advanced course of. Add to that the general confusion round Google’s messaging technique and you may think about what this appears to be like like, however what Google is principally doing right here is bringing all of Meet’s capabilities to the Duo app after which turning that into the brand new and up to date Google Meet app.
In July, Google already began including extra of Meet’s capabilities to Duo in preparation for the transition, whereas Meet additionally obtained an replace and a brand new inexperienced icon. Oh, and the Google Meet app is now referred to as “Google Meet (unique).” Customers who don’t observe together with each flip and twist of this saga will certainly surprise about that for just a few seconds, earlier than dropping into their subsequent pointless assembly and forgetting all about it.
Beginning right this moment, Google will launch an replace to the Duo app for Android and iOS that can function the brand new Meet emblem, in addition to a brand new notification within the app that explains what’s taking place.
As a result of the Duo app already options Meet’s assembly capabilities right this moment, there aren’t any main purposeful updates right here, nevertheless it’s price highlighting that you just’ll want a Google account to make use of these assembly options (earlier than, to make use of Duo, all you wanted was a cellphone quantity).
Come September, all customers will see the brand new Google Meet icon and app title. At that time, if you wish to set up Meet from Google’s Play Retailer or Apple’s App Retailer, you’ll get the up to date Google Meet app (which was Google Duo) with the mixed video calling and assembly options.
In case you’re at present utilizing the Google Meet (unique) app, you may proceed to take action for now, you simply gained’t get the brand new advert hoc calling options. In some unspecified time in the future, although, that app will go away. “We’ll inform you when you must migrate to the brand new app expertise,” Google says.
In case you use Duo on the Net, you’ll see the brand new branding right this moment, however that’s about all that can change. It’ll take just a few months earlier than the Duo web site will redirect to Meet.