Google is doing it again! For the umpteenth time, Google is restructuring its Android messaging strategy. The new video conferencing app to come out of this change in plans is — drumroll, please — Google Meet. Now if you are wondering Google Meet app already exists, yes, it does. But what Google is proposing is that it will merge both Google Duo (launched in 2016) and Google Meet (launched in 2017).

So soon you’ll meet —

The All-New Google Meet: What we know so far

Google Duo features

Originally, Google Duo was envisioned for interpersonal communication with people in your personal lives, like friends and family. Google Meet, on the other hand, was more of a video conferencing for work purposes. Hence, it was more tightly tied into Gmail and other Google Workspace apps like Google Docs.

But, now, the integrated experience of Google Meet and Google Duo, also called Google Meet will be a single solution for both video calls and meetings. It is slated to arrive later this year.

Google Messages

Ahead of that Google is moving some features from Meet to Duo. Google says, “In the coming weeks, we’re adding all the 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”.

And eventually, Google Duo will have all Google Meet features and the latter’s name.

While this happens, Google assures the Duo users don’t have to download a new Google messaging app. Their existing video calling features like the facility to video call anyone by phone number and email address. This rebadged app will consist of fun filters and effects, prevailing contacts, messages, conversation history, and the option to send messages, and calls through a connected device by asking Google Assistant.

Meanwhile, the new features of the rebranded app will be as follows: 

Google Meet Duo

Custom virtual backgrounds
Scheduling of meetings
In-meeting chats and live-sharing of content
Real-time captions 
Increased limit of 100 participants 
Integration with Messages, Gmail, Google Calendar, Assistant, etc.

In the end, the search giant promises a smooth transition experience for the users of these two Google apps. Let’s see.

In the coming weeks, we are adding #GoogleMeet features to the Duo app, and later this year, we’ll update the Duo app to #GoogleMeet, creating one video experience that’s better together https://t.co/EZSM6ppHUT pic.twitter.com/n3WGkJuUIv

— Google Workspace (@GoogleWorkspace) June 1, 2022

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