Google Duo will soon be fused with Google Meet, the company has mentioned it in its latest blog post. The rumours of the same news were first out back in 2020, but now the news is official. Google Meet was released as a competitor of Zoom, it lets every business, enterprise and Gmail user host and conducts their video calls.
Google’s blog post said, “Google Meet features to the Duo app, so users can easily schedule a video meeting at a time that works for everyone, or continue using video calling to instantly connect with a person or group.”
Google Duo was first announced in 2016, as a video-calling app. Also indicated as an instant messaging app to rival WhatsApp. The duo was released to work on both android and IOS operating devices, majorly it was used as a video calling app and competed with FaceTime. On the other hand, when the ‘Allo’ app was shut down back in 2018, Duo was able to survive so far. But Meet was getting all the attention, and now it’s clear that Duo will join the list of Google’s failed projects.
Meanwhile, for Google Duo users there is awesome news, you guys are not required to uninstall the app. Just make sure you all are having an updated version of Duo, and when the update will roll out for everyone your app will automatically change to Meet.
Further, the post also said, “We’re committed to making the transition from Duo to Meet as smooth as possible. Admins will receive an email detailing the impact to their organisation.”
New Features For Duo
Blog also says that once the update starts to roll out you will get more enhanced features. Out of all the features, some major updates you will receive are, customising the virtual background in calls, using scheduled meetings, chatting while meeting, sharing content in live calls, etc.
Google has also planned, “real-time closed captions to better support accessibility” and users will also be able to add up to 100 participants in calls.
Blog also said Google will “integrate with other tools, including Gmail, Google Calendar, Assistant, Messages and more.”