Google announced that Duo and Meet will be combined into one video calling platform.
Google will merge all Google Meet capabilities into its Duo app in the coming weeks. This will result in the Duo app being rebranded as Google Meet later in the year. Duo was originally created to be used for personal video calling.
Google Meet will allow users to finally organize meetings through the Duo app. This service will be available to all Google Workspace users as well old G Suite Basic or Business customers as well personal Google accounts.
Google announced the news via an official blog post-Wednesday, June 1. According to Duo, customers need only to download the latest update to access these functions. They don’t need to download another app.
It includes a list of new features that Duo will offer starting in this month. For phone calls or meetings, users can now customize their virtual backgrounds. You can also access scheduled meetings via the Dup app.
Livestream content will now be possible while you communicate with other attendees. The maximum number of participants per conference call will be increased from 32 to 100. The Duo will also connect to other Google platforms like Gmail, Google Calendar Assistant, Assistant, Messages and many others.
These connections do NOT mean that Duo will be discontinued. You can video-call personal contacts using their email addresses and phone numbers.
The app will continue to work to save all calls history, contacts, messages, and call history. Users may expect the new Google Meet to be a major competitor to FaceTime and WhatsApp if this merger goes well.