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Google is merging Duo and Meet into a single app

02 June 2022 0

Google has announced its decision to merge Duo and Meet into a single application. The move is aimed at delivering a unified solution for all audio and video calling needs. The two apps currently exist separately and are meant to target two different user types. Duo is all about quick video calls with family and friends but Meet provides features to handle large virtual gatherings (up to 500 participants) like virtual office meetings.

The announcement says all of Meet's features will integrate with the Duo app. It will then eventually scrap the Meet app and rename Duo to Google Meet. In simpler words, Duo will be known as Meet and it will also receive a bunch of additional features that will make it useful for all types of audio and video calling needs.

These are the new Meet features that will come to Duo:

  • Customize virtual backgrounds in calls and meetings
  • Schedule meetings so everyone can join at a time that’s convenient for them
  • Use in-meeting chat for deeper engagement
  • Live share content to enable interaction with all participants on the call
  • Get real-time closed captions to better support accessibility and boost participation
  • Increase the size of video calls from a current limit of 32 to 100 participants
  • Integrate with other tools, including Gmail, Google Calendar, Assistant, Messages, and more

All of Duo's existing features will continue to be available. It means users will be able to connect with their family and friends with just one tap as it is possible now. Even features like filters, effects, and the ability to send messages will stay. Google is further assuring that conversation history, contacts, and messages will stay within the app.

The whole process is expected to be completed by the end of this year. Google says it is working to ensure that the transition is as seamless as possible.


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