Google is embarking on a visit to consolidate its huge, and sometimes complicated, portfolio of messaging apps. Top of the listing are Google Meet and Google Duo, each categorised as video calling apps. Google confirms that the characteristic set for Meet might be built-in inside Duo, which can then be renamed to Google Meet. The timeline for the change stretches from “in the coming weeks” to “later this year”.
“As part of our continued investment in helping people stay connected, and to adapt to evolving user needs, we’re upgrading the Duo experience to include all Google Meet features. This integrated experience will provide users with a single solution for both video calling and meetings with people,” stated Javier Soltero, vice-president and common supervisor at Google Workspace, in an official assertion. It is, nonetheless, greater than a easy merging of two apps to enhance performance. With Google’s apps and, specifically, how sure Android telephone integrate them, the adjustments could possibly be sophisticated.
Till now, Google has been positioning Meet because the extra formal video calling answer, with meeting hyperlinks, group calls and the Workspace integration as properly. Duo, alternatively, is best with extra personal video chats too, together with one-to-one video calls, together with for telephone numbers (and no want to ship meeting hyperlinks properly prematurely). Duo can be embedded inside the Google Phone app, and there has additionally been deep integration of the video calling performance on Samsung’s Galaxy smartphones as properly OnePlus telephones. How these integrations get affected by the consolidation of Meet and Duo is a bridge that we’ll undoubtedly cross within the coming weeks.
Google Duo has at all times been propped as a competitor for Apple’s FaceTime video and voice calling app, in addition to WhatsApp calling, whereas Meet was extra of a Zoom or Microsoft Teams competitor. The Duo calls allow you to add cool filters too; not anticipating these to go away. When Google completes the combination of Meet and Duo, the prevailing Meet app might be renamed to Meet Original and might be depreciated.
Google Meet, on its half, will convey video call instruments resembling digital backgrounds, mild changes and noise discount to Duo’s video calls. It was in 2020 when Google made Meet out there to everybody; it was earlier restricted to Workspace subscriptions. This was maybe preserving the worldwide state of affairs in thoughts, with the coronavirus pandemic forcing everybody indoors and workplaces having to depend on video calling platforms to conduct conferences and discussions. Google Meet has since been competing towards Zoom and Microsoft Teams.
There is little doubt the consolidation and subsequent reintegration inside Google’s personal apps (Gmail, as an example) and in Android smartphones in addition to different platforms, together with Google TV and Android TV, might be sophisticated. The trick right here could also be to be certain that the way in which to entry Duo at current, notably on telephones, shouldn’t change after the merger.
The question stays – how a lot performance (and subsequently habits) will Google change through the switchover? Google feels Duo’s underlying video calling expertise is superior, which is why the adjustments are headed in that path. But, ‘Meet’ as a reputation sounds higher for a video calling app. The danger right here is, Duo has at all times been a quite simple app to use.
Will including a variety of performance make it extra advanced for customers?