29 September 2020
Google is reportedly planning to replace its Duo video calling app with the Meet app. A report coming from the 9to5Google mentions that Google may phase out the Duo app completely in favor of its in-demand Meet app.
According to the tech publication that is citing sources familiar with the matter, Google’s Javier Soltero, who leads the company’s G Suite of services does not feel that Google Duo and Google Meet should coexist. Soltero is said to be spearheading an initiative known as Duet, which is a portmanteau of “Duo” and “Meet.” This merge may completely phase out Google Duo.
The report from 9to5Google further adds those previously worked on Duo are now tasked with Meet enterprise development or left the team.
The report goes on to state by citing the sources that the current plan is to bring several Duo features to Google Meet. These include 3D effects, end-to-end encryption, contacting users for a video via phone number. and more. Sources further told the publication that this transition can take up to 2 years and in the end, Duo will nowhere to be seen as Meet will takeover.
The tech publication even asked Google for response and the company came up with this response,
“We’re fully invested in Duo, which has seen astonishing growth during the pandemic. People around the world are relying on video calling more than ever, and we have no plans to interrupt that. We’ll continue to invest in building new Duo features and delivering a delightful experience for our users, customers and partners. We brought the Duo organization under Javier Soltero’s leadership in May, and it follows that we’re looking at ways that our video calling products can improve alongside one another.”
The usage of Google Meet is skyrocketing already. Back in April, Google announced that daily usage of Meet grew by 30x with 3 million daily new users. Additionally, daily meeting participants surpassed 100 million.
Last week, Google also laid out plans, explaining when new features of Meet will arrive in the near future. Google is clearly adding more value to its Meet, video conferencing app so that more and more enterprises and even consumers can try it out. Today, Google Meet is needed more than ever and the company seems to be going in the right direction. Although axing a consumer product in favor of an enterprise product may not be accepted initially. Google may eventually succeed in fending off the dismay by integrating the Duo features into Meet and presenting one product for everyone.