Messaging apps are among the most-used apps around the globe. Currently, there are tons of similar apps, and honestly, most of them work quite well. We have no complaints. But a variety of such apps makes users confused. That’s why most of them prefer those that come our way from big names, such as Google, Facebook, Apple, etc. The situation worsens when the mentioned tech giants offer more than one app. This is the case with Google. It’s been offering Google Meet for business users mainly, while Google Duo aims at ordinary users. The latter has been also rivaling Apple’s FaceTime. Anyway, everything will change in the coming weeks.
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As Google said in a blog post, the company will merge Google Meet and Google Duo apps. The merging will start “in the coming weeks” Google Duo will start getting all of the Meet features. Later this year, there will be no Google Duo, but Google Meet. So in several months, Meet will become the only video communication service of the company, offering all features found on the current two apps.
However, those who know Google shouldn’t be surprised. Yes, this is Google, which likes launching, shelving, re-launching, re-branding, re-shelving, re-resurrecting, and merging its products and services. This is especially true for messaging-related apps.
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What Will Happen After Google Meet and Google Duo Merger?
No need to worry about your Google Duo activity and history. Your conversation history, contacts, and messages in Duo will be transferred to the upcoming Google Meet app. Well, it will happen in the following way. One day, you will open your eyes and see Google has merged everything in Google Meet and Google Duo and the latter will be displayed with another name.
Of course, if you are a Google Duo user only, there will appear some new features transferred from Google Meet. For instance, you will find “customizable virtual backgrounds in calls and meetings, scheduling of meetings, in-meeting chat, live sharing of content, real-time closed captions, video calls (supporting up to 100 participants), enhanced video and audio experiences with noise cancellation”, and integration with other Google tools like Gmail, Calendar, Assistant, and Messages.”
Lastly, there wouldn’t be any changes in fees. And if you are using the Meet app, after Duo changes it name to Meet, there will be an option to install that app when you open the old Meet app. Before the changes, the original Meet app will continue to work.